A 1928 leather football helmet, a football-shaped train menu from the SMU Mustangs journey to Pasadena for the 1936 Rose Bowl game, and one of golfer Payne Stewart’s 7-irons are among the artifacts displayed at Heritage Hall, a museum that describes the 90-year history and tradition of SMU athletics.
The permanent exhibit opened this fall in the Paul B. Loyd All-Sports Center adjacent to Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The 3,000 square foot Heritage Hall highlights the accomplishments and personalities of SMU players and coaches ranging from the Mustangs’ first football coach, Ray Morrison, to the legendary football player Doak Walker, to the swimming dynasties of Red Barr and George McMillion.
Items such as photographs, uniforms, trophies, newspaper and magazine clippings, game programs, and jewelry tell the stories of various eras in SMU sports. In addition, there are six 16-foot banners in the Loyd Center atrium honoring SMU’s national championship teams
Ed Wisneski, senior associate athletic director, developed the content, research, and script of the display. Gerry York, member of the Mustang Club Board of Directors, was responsible for development.
During home games, enter Heritage Hall through the Ford Stadium concourse between gates 3 and 4. Heritage Hall also is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. On weekdays enter through the Paul B. Loyd All-Sports Center. Admission is free.
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