The dedication plaque reads in part, “This memorial will stand for all time as a symbol of community resilience and as a reminder of the awesome strength that can flow from a people united with a common bond. It represents the life, legacy and legend that is Marshall University Football. This gift from our hearts has healed our hearts.”
Marshall faced the Western Michigan Broncos, which had defeated them earlier in conference play, 30-10, breaking the Herd’s 33 consecutive home-game-record of wins. Quarterback Byron Leftwitch led the Herd in sweet retaliation, with a 19-14 victory for the conference championship.
Bryon Leftwich, future NFL quarterback, led the Thundering Herd to a 25 to 14 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats. It was the Herd’s third consecutive bowl game win. Leftwich was named Most Valuable Player of the game.
Senator Orrin Hatch, then Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, gave the keynote address for the conference sessions.
The Edwards’ were long-time, generous and devoted supporters of the University.
The stadium seats 38,016 people. Its record attendance of 41,382 was set on September 10, 2010 in a 24-21 overtime loss to West Virginia University.
Members of the Marshall community, as well as town’s people, served as extras in a number of the scenes. It was an exciting and heady time—when Hollywood came to Marshall University.
The movie had a profound effect on the audience, ranging from tears and wild applause when the scenes of the Young Thundering Herd’s triumphant were shown.
Following the premier, the participants moved to the Civic Center for a Hollywood-style gala, in which the center was festively decorated for the occasion, and people got to mingle with the celebrities in attendance.
Governor Joe Machin, President Stephen Kopp, and Michele Prestera, who represented the surviving family members, spoke to the assembled crowd. In the above photograph, student Blake Racer sings the Alma Mater, while Student Body President Dominique Elmore looks on.
The building houses the revived engineering program that the MU Board of Governors approved in 2006 in the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences.
The halls are co-ed by floor and house a total of 782 students in double occupancy rooms. Each building is equipped with a theater room, standard classroom, and apartments for faculty-in-residence and full time professional staff that live in the halls. Each building also has a kitchenette, recreation lounges, study lounges, and a pool table. The rooms are also equipped with heating/air conditioning, basic cable, high speed internet, and a private bathroom.
The building includes courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and dodge ball. A popular feature is its 35-foot climbing wall. It has an aquatics center with 3-lap lanes, leisure swimming pool, and spa. 17,000 square feet are devoted to a fitness center with free weights, exercise machines, and cardio equipment. A 3-lane 1/7th of a mile track encircles and overlooks the first floor. The facilities is completely accessible for persons with disabilities.
The 2009 game marked an unexpected renewal of the Battle for the Bell, the rivalry between the two nearby teams, which has been on hiatus since Marshall’s move from the Mid-American Conference to Conference-USA in 2005. It was the two teams’ 53th game.