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Bryan Athletic Administration Building

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The crown jewel of Mississippi State's athletic expansion projects during the 1990s is the John H. Bryan Sr. Athletic Administration Building. Ground was broken for the John H. Bryan Sr. Athletic Administration Building in July of 1994 and the doors officially opened in January 1995.

A $5 million facility, the Bryan Building was made possible largely due to the generosity of the Bryan family of West Point, Miss., which made a financial gift totalling one-half the building's total cost. The office complex is a dream-come-true for George Bryan, Senior Vice President of Sara Lee Corporation and the son of the building's namesake. He had sought for years some way to honor his father with a meaningful tribute.

The Bryan Building, which houses MSU's administrative offices as well as the athletic ticket office, the Bulldog Club, external relations and business offices, could not have come at a more important time for Mississippi State Athletics. Humphrey Coliseum, which housed all of MSU's athletic offices prior to the opening of Bryan, was bursting at the seams. Many coaches and staff members were crawling over each other in cramped portable office areas with little storage space. That, combined with the addition of two new sports, soccer and softball, made the need for more room imperative.

"An integral part of the concern for gender equity in college athletics revolves around equal facilities for men and women," MSU athletic director Larry Templeton said at the time. "The Southeastern Conference has mandated that member schools sponsor two more women's sports than they do men's. For us, that meant adding two women's sports. It was mandatory we have more room. We simply would not have been in compliance.

"I also feel it is critical for the management of the athletic department that we function as a unit. Moving some of our staff freed office space for other sports, some of which didn't even have a closet. The Bryan Building also puts our groups which deal with external relationships together."


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