The BYU-Idaho Center is a multipurpose building that serves students, employees, and visitors, as a central location for gatherings and activities on campus. The building was dedicated by President Henry B. Eyring on December 17, 2010, after four years of construction. With nearly 435,000 square feet of space, the BYU-Idaho Center is essentially two facilities in one, with a 15,000 seat auditorium, and a large multi-use activities area. It is similar in function to a chapel with an adjoining cultural hall.
The auditorium is designed to host key institutional events such as weekly campus devotionals and commencement exercises. Ecclesiastical Meetings and selected artistic and cultural events can also be held here. Most of the auditorium seating is located on the main level with additional seating on mezzanine and balcony levels. State of the art video production facilities allow for broadcast of events originating in the auditorium and other locations on campus.
The lobby area of the BYU-Idaho Center features light reflecting panels that help lower the buildings energy use. The three entrance levels to the auditorium are enhanced by a collection of well known paintings. The main foyer displays works by Carl Bloch that illustrate the life of Christ. Paintings on the lower level depict events from church history. Artist Minerva Teichert is featured on the top level with paintings of scenes from the Book of Mormon.
The multi-use area is comprised of ten basketball courts with partitions which allow the spaces to be reconfigured for other athletic activities. As well as service projects, employee gatherings, ecclesiastical meetings and academic projects. An elevated jogging track is also found in this part of the building.
The sky bridge connected the BYU-Idaho Center to the neighboring John W. Hart Building. This allows patrons of the sports courts and the jogging track to utilize existing locker facilities in the Hart Building.