Stuffing oversized equipment into undersized lockers had been an annual harbinger of football season at Franklin & Marshall for nearly half a century. The August rite looked significantly when the 2009 Diplomats’ football team reported for duty. Thanks to the generosity of the Football and Lacrosse Alumni Associations, the squad’s space enjoyed a major renovation.
Gone are the undersized lockers that had been in continual use since Mayser Center opened its doors in 1961. In their stead are 87 NFL-style lockers. The boom box with the aluminum foil antenna has been replaced by a state-of-the-art sound system. The improved locker room will also serve as a meeting space for the football team. The whole squad can view the 67-inch LCD monitors mounted on the wall, while smaller units can make use of the 37-inch LCD monitors at either end.
The project cost nearly $400,000 dollars from start to finish, and was completed entirely with donated funds. The men’s lacrosse team will also make use of the space.