LOGAN, Utah (AP) - The largest donation in the history of Utah State athletics is paving the way for construction of a new $9.5 million sports facility named after one of the Aggies' greatest basketball players.
Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes announced Thursday construction of the Wayne Estes Center will begin in about a week thanks to a $5.25 million gift from Cache Valley Electric President Jim Laub and his wife, Carol.
Estes was an all-American who died in 1965 when he stopped at the scene of an accident after a game and was electrocuted by a downed power line.
The center will serve as a venue for volleyball competition and a practice facility for the men's and women's basketball teams.
Laub says he's idols growing up were Mickey Mantle and Wayne Estes.
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