Provo • The long-rumored renovations to Brigham Young University's 41-year-old Marriott Center will start on May 1, athletic director Tom Holmoe said Friday, unveiling plans to upgrade three areas of the 41-year-old building that houses the school's basketball programs and is used for various other events throughout the year.
The biggest change is that the lower-bowl bench seating on the north side of the arena will be replaced with chairs. Also, a new sound system will be installed in the arena and the men's and women's basketball locker rooms will be renovated.
Holmoe acknowledged that many BYU students will not like the change because the student seating section will be moved from mostly center court to behind the west basket. He said he met with student leaders on Friday morning and realizes many won't be happy with the move.