BOISE -- Gene Bleymaier, who served as athletic director at Boise State University for 31 years, was the driving force behind what will be one of the nicest college football facilities in the country.

With that in mind, Jeff Caven and Larry Williams, the lead donors on the new football complex, requested at the time of their donation in November of 2010, that the facility be named in honor of Bleymaier.

BSU presented the proposal to the Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday, and it was unanimously approved.

In a statement released by the school, President Bob Kustra said, Boise State owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Caven and Williams families for their ongoing generosity, and for suggesting this recognition of Gene's work and accomplishments.

The new facility will be 68,000-square-feet and will include football coaches' offices, meeting rooms, academic center, recruiting lounge, weight room, athletic training room, equipment room, student-athlete lounges and home locker room.

Bleymaier is currently the athletic director at San Jose State University.

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