Paul W. Bryant Hall - Academic Center - Bryant Sports Grille
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Since its opening in 1965, Bryant Hall has been a part of many historic events in the life of University of Alabama athletics. In 2005, the venerable old building was transformed into the Paul W. Bryant Academic Center. An 18-month renovation converted Bryant Hall into a state-of-the-art academic facility covering 52,300 square feet and featuring the most modern technology to benefit all Crimson Tide student-athletes.
Formally re-dedicated on April 22, 2005, The Bryant Academic Center serves not only as a functioning full-service academic facility but also as the home for the staff of the Center for Athletic Student Services (CASS) and the Champs' Lifeskills program. It was the crown jewel in the Alabama athletic department's Crimson Tradition Fund facility enhancement campaign, completed at a cost of $10.3 million.
Bryant Hall boasts a 48-seat computer lab and student-athletes also have 25 laptop computers available for checkout and use on team road trips. The building features Math, English and writing labs along with 40 individual study rooms. A pair of 50-seat classrooms and a 140-seat lecture hall are also available.
The classrooms in Bryant Hall possess cutting-edge teaching devices as well, including digital overhead projectors and "smart boards" that allow instructors to interact with students on the go. Throughout the building there are 16 information stations that can provide student-athletes with news about tutorials, study sessions and practice schedules. There are also several student lounges, giving student-athletes a more relaxed place to gather and study.
Bryant Sports Grille
Located within Bryant Sports Grille is The Bryant Bistro, a full-scale coffee cafe featuring Starbucks Coffee, espresso and smoothies. The bistro also offers pastries & Einstein Brothers Bagels and gourmet desserts. With sports-themed pictures adorning the walls and flat screen television sets keeping everyone up-to-date on the latest sporting events, Bryant Sports Grille is a social attraction as much as a dining hall.
Crimson Tide Academic Hall of Fame
Located in the lobby of the building, the Crimson Tide Academic Hall of Fame features plaques recognizing all of Alabama's Academic All-American selections beautifully housed and displayed in the entry area.
The Residence Hall features suite style living with 2-4 single bedrooms in each suite. Each single bedroom is furnished with a desk, chair, and dresser. There is also a closet with hanging space and shelf. Bathrooms are shared between 2 residents and have a shower stall with a shower curtain provided, a toilet, and sink. A kitchenette is shared among the suite and has a full refrigerator, microwave, and cabinets for storage. The common living area is furnished with a sofa, chair, TV stand, coffee table, and end tables.
The facility also houses two VIP apartment suites. The rooms, which are available for hosting visiting dignitaries to the University and the athletic department, harkens back to the building's early days when the old Bryant Hall had similar rooms that played host to luminaries such as Reverend Billy Graham and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Bryant Hall History
Originally dedicated on May 8, 1965, Bryant Hall served as the home for Crimson Tide football and men's basketball players for more than three decades. Constructed for $1 million in 1963 and equipped with rooms for 136 athletes and a dining hall to feed 150, Bryant Hall was one of the finest athletic dorms of its time. Named for then-athletic director and head football coach Paul W. "Bear" Bryant, it was the first building in the state of Alabama named for a living person - a gesture that required the state legislature to waive a law prohibiting buildings from being named after a living person. In the late 1990s the NCAA passed legislation that prohibited athletic-specific housing and dining, so part of Bryant Hall was converted into an academic center.
Directions to Bryant Hall
From Interstate 20/59 take Exit 73 on Highway 82 East (McFarland Boulevard). Continue on to the University Blvd. exit and turn right on to University Blvd. Continue on University Blvd. and go into the University of Alabama campus. Continue down University Drive to a traffic light at Devotie Drive. Bryant Hall is located on the right. The street address of Bryant Hall is 525 Devotie Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401.