Well, we are finally going to do it. We are going to tear down these hallowed halls known as the Football Operations Center, now occupied by the staff of the SDSU Alumni Association. I sit in the southwest corner in a room formerly used by Denny Stolz, Al Luginbill and Ted Tollner and their staffers.
This is a great place. Before it became the Football Operations Center it was a wedge of dirt between Choc Sportsman Oval (Aztrack) and Terry Pool and Peterson Gym. Don Coryell spent some quality time on this very spot. In 1986 in Denny Stolz’s first year we won the WAC and made it to the Holiday Bowl. In January 1987 Fred Miller and Al Luginbill fired up the local construction and contracting community with an enthusiastic plea for a better facility for Athletics. Those guys could get pretty fired up. Bill Cowling of Dixieline Lumber jumped up and said “Count me in for the lumber.” Dozens of others joined the parade and this building got built as if it were an old fashioned barn raising. The Associated General Contractors led by Bill Burke and Art Lujan were among the dozens of generous entities that stepped up and provided tradesmen and sub contractors to handle every aspect. They did it all for football season tickets. By 1988 this $3,000,000 building was operating at a total cost to SDSU of only $70,000.
This became the hub of the athletics department. While the majority of the staff sweltered or froze in Peterson Gym our athletes got taped up, weight trained, counseled, and tutored here. It was a state of the art athletic oasis.
Then John Moores came along and built a better oasis and plenty of other stuff. Fred’s lament that we had no competitive facilities has been completely eradicated in the past 20 years.
So now we are going to build something even better on this historic site: Our Alumni Center. This is going to become an even more incredible gathering spot for Aztecs than this FOC. But that will remain a topic for another day. Gotta pack up.