Troy University will officially cut the ribbon on the new state-of-the-art, 5,500-seat Trojan Arena during a ceremony set for 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 8.
The $40 million facility will be home to the Trojan basketball, volleyball and track programs and will also be used for the University's commencement ceremonies and special events. The new Trojan Arena replaces the University's longtime basketball and events facility, Sartain Hall, which opened in 1962.
"We believe this new arena will not only accommodate our need for additional space but it will allow us to showcase our successful athletics program," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY's Chancellor. "The new Trojan Arena will serve us well and I believe that it represents a progressive step into the future for our athletics program and for our University as a whole."
The new facility was constructed by Whaley Construction Co. of Troy, with architectural direction by Montgomery-based Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood and design support by venue specialists Populus, noted for its designs of such sporting venues as Yankee Stadium in New York, the main stadium for the 2012 London Olympic Games and Nanjing Sports Park in China.
"It seems like yesterday we were visiting arenas and coming up with a plan, and, now that's it's complete, it is amazing how quickly the time has gone," said Steve Dennis, Director of Athletics. "That is a credit to the building committee which was chaired by Dr. Jim Bookout, the construction teams and contractors that got the work done. This is an outstanding facility not only for Troy University, but also the community."
The arena will include upper-level suite seating and an exclusive Stadium Club area for donors, while also adding floor seating for students. The arena is also equipped with two 767-square foot video boards.
Among the other features of the new arena are a three-tiered rotunda at the main entrance, an interior concourse with concession stands and a food court-styled dining center with specialty food items.
The new arena also is home to the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame. Digital displays of the members are located adjacent to the rotunda. The inaugural Hall of Fame induction banquet, held Aug. 10, was the first event held in the new facility.
Taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be: the Rev. Lonnie Cochran, chaplain for Troy University's chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Men's Basketball Coach Don Maestri; Steve Dennis, Director of Athletics; the Hon. Gerald Dial, President Pro Tempore of the Troy University Board of Trustees; and, Chancellor Hawkins. Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Affairs, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by the football team's Trojan Walk at 3:45 p.m. Kickoff between the Trojans and Louisiana-Lafayette is set for 6 p.m.