The Larry A. Shehadey Clock Tower
Fresno businessman Larry Shehadey donated $3 million to Save Mart Center — the largest gift an individual made to the building project. To honor this generous donation, Save Mart Center’s eight-story, 93-foot clock tower is named The Larry A. Shehadey Clock Tower and the lobby at the southeast entrance is named after Shehadey’s late wife, Elayne. Shehadey is patriarch of Producers Dairy Foods, a well-known and respected Fresno-based business. The donation, however, came from Shehadey himself.
The Bulldog Foundation Community Room
The Bulldog Foundation, which for more than 50 years has raised scholarship and recruiting funds for Fresno State athletics and projects like Save Mart Center, sustains a major presence in Save Mart Center’s Bulldog Foundation Community Room. This room currently displays the names of past presidents, current officers, lifetime honorees, and annual top fundraisers. The Bulldog Foundation Community Room is used for show catering, premium seating holder dining, and is also available for rent.
Bulldog fans can enjoy the biggest Bulldog around by visiting Save Mart Center’s southeast Shehadey Lobby. Created by EMI, Inc., this massive bronze bulldog statue stands 10-feet high, is 7-feet wide, 9-feet long, and tips the scales at 4,200 pounds. The following is engraved on the plaque mounted to the statue’s stand: “This is our mascot and he ain’t no hound. He’s an English bull and weighs lots of pounds. He’s got two rows of teeth and a terrible frown. Hey, nobody’s kicking our dog around!!!” Nine time capsules were placed in the base of this massive statue early in 2004. The items within the time capsules represent all aspects of Fresno State, including the Bulldog Foundation, administration, alumni, students, and athletics. The time capsules will be opened in the year 2054.
The Bulldog Foundation is also responsible for the display cases located on the upper and main concourses of Save Mart Center. These cases exhibit equipment and other memorabilia of each current Bulldog sport. Additionally, the display case in the northwest corner spotlights the academic success of Fresno State’s student athletes.
The Bulldog Walkway
A new, permanent, on-campus tribute to Fresno State alumni, graduates, and friends — was dedicated on the north side of Save Mart Center at Fresno State with the first three tiles honoring Col. Rick Husband, Lt. Cmdr. Otis Vincent Tolbert, and Todd Beamer. Expected to eventually extend throughout the campus, the walkway will consist of personalized tiles and bricks that will leave a lasting impression on those who hold Fresno State near and dear to their hearts. Proceeds from Bulldog Walkway will benefit the Fresno State Alumni Association’s student scholarship endowment fund. For details about purchasing personalized pavers on Bulldog Walkway, call 559.278.ALUM (2586) or visit the Fresno State Alumni Association online at www.fresnostatealumni.com.
Located between the main concourse and event level. Accessible by the northwest elevator, the lounge is open to the general public and features a full service bar. Featuring cocktail tables and televisions, patrons can socialize while not missing the action out on the arena floor. The Club Lounge is also used for pre-event VIP parties and may be rented for parties and receptions on some event days.