Larry K. Durham played for the Texas Western College football team in the 1960’s and made school history when he scored the first touchdown at Sun Bowl Stadium on September 21st, 1963.
Durham graduated in 1966 and remained a loyal UTEP alumnus, donating $5 million towards an $11 Million sports center.
That sports center opened in 2002 and was named after its donor. The Larry K. Durham Center is a two-story, 65,000 square foot building that houses strength & conditioning stations for the school’s athletes, a sports medicine center, a lounge and computer center, offices for the football coaches, locker rooms, and the Hall of Champions.
The walls of the Durham Center contain artwork, photos, and information boards which celebrate Miner athletes past and present. The Center is home to the Sun Bowl Trophy and the Tom Lea painting “Turning Point” which depicts the final seconds of a game between TCM and the University of Salt Lake in 1965 in which the team came from behind to win 20-to-19.
Take a tour of UTEP Athletics (Football & Track & Field) and will give participants an inside look into Holliday Hall, Kidd Field, the Larry K. Durham Center and the Sun Bowl. Tours are available by appointment at 2:30 p.m. every Monday, October through Jan. 6, 2014.
Here are some more photos of the facility courtesy of UTEP Athletics.
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.