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High Point University plans new basketball arena

High Point University (HPU) in North Carolina has unveiled plans to build a $100m basketball arena, conference centre and hotel.

The new building will become the home of HPU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as a venue for major events, speakers, concerts, entertainment, academic symposia, and recreational activities.

The 4,500 seat arena will include suites, locker rooms, staff offices, concession stands and a merchandising area.

There will also be a media suite, film room, press conference room, weight room, athletic training room, hospitality area, high tech audio and video equipment, ticket office and practice gym.

There will be 2,500 conference centre seats and a small, executive hotel will be located adjacent to the conference centre to support a proposed hospitality management programme.

The university is selecting a site location from several campus-owned possibilities as architects finalise plans.

Construction will begin during the 2018-2019 academic year.

The HPU Board of Trustees proposed and unanimously voted to honor HPU President Nido Qubein and First Lady Mariana Qubein by naming the new basketball and conference facility the Nido & Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center.

Dr. Richard Vert, immediate past chair of the HPU Board of Trustees said:

This facility will support a student body that has tripled in undergraduate enrollment, flourishing new programs in health sciences and pharmacy, Division I sports teams and major university events that draw thousands of attendees.

Image courtesy of High Point University