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UMBC opens campus event centre

The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Event Center has opened for action.

The $85 million, 6,000 seat UMBC Event Center is a comprehensive, all-in-one athletics venue designed as one of the premier mid-major NCAA Division 1 facilities in the US.

The arena will be home to the UMBC Retrievers M&W basketball programs and women’s volleyball team.

Flexible and multi-purpose in nature, the event centre has seating capacity for 5,000 in its stadium bowl and an additional 1,000 on the floor.

The arena will be used for commencement, concerts and various public speaker events and is equipped with concessions, catering, hospitality, restrooms and security and guest services amenities.

Located on the outer edge of the UMBC campus, the event centre forms a key gateway to the athletics precinct and physically and visually connects it to the UMBC stadium complex, residential communities and academic quarters of the campus via an accessible wooded pathway.

The facility will house the administrative and coaches’ offices for the UMBC athletics department and also feature spaces for academic services, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, locker rooms and dedicated practice space.

Above the seating bowl, a dynamic hospitality space overlooks the main court and athletic precinct.

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski said:

The completion of the Event Center marks an important milestone in UMBC’s evolution. This venue will provide our athletic teams with an exceptional home base while also enabling us to host more events focused on the arts, culture and the life of the mind.

The 172,000-square-foot Event Center broke ground in 2016 and has been in the works for three years.

The venue was designed by CannonDesign and will be managed by Oak View Group Facilities.