December 17, 2010 by KSL.com
Thousands gathered on the campus of Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg Friday as President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the BYU-Idaho Center and Hyrum Manwaring Student Center.
The 435,000-square-foot building contains a 15,000-seat auditorium and a multipurpose area large enough for 10 full basketball courts.
BYU-Idaho unveiled more than 657,000 square feet of new and remodeled facilities. The BYU- Idaho Center, which will open in January, is the school’s newest and largest building on campus and contains a 15,000-seat auditorium and a multipurpose area large enough for 10 full basketball courts.
President Eyring and David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are former presidents of the institution, which was formerly called Ricks College.
“I am often asked if I knew, as president of Ricks College, what its future held,” said President Eyring. “I did not see that the college would become the university it is today. There were only subtle impressions — feelings that this was a special place that needed to keep its spiritual standards high while staying close to its roots.”
“This dedicatory service truly is historic,” Elder Bednar said, addressing a packed center, “and you will one day tell your children and grandchildren that you were present when this remarkable facility was dedicated by President Henry B. Eyring.”