For University of Maryland Baltimore County’s growing athletic program and campus, the new arena and event center hosts winter sports, areas for student athletes to train and study, as well as a new venue for the community.
The new multipurpose event center and arena holds approximately 6,000 seats. The facility includes concessions, catering, hospitality, restrooms, security, and guest services for both NCAA Division 1 Athletics. The event center is also utilized for commencement, concerts, featured speakers, banquets, and practices for men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball.
The main arena bowl consists of a portable wood floor system, telescopic seating platforms, and overhead sports lighting. In addition, an 8,500 SF auxiliary gymnasium houses practice squads and team events. A corner of the third level space includes a high-end “Retriever Room,” which is essentially VIP sports viewing in a lounge-type setting; equipped with sliding glass doors, upgraded floor finishes, and flat screen HD monitors. The exterior facade of the building is nothing to be ashamed of when talking traditional sporting venues. Throughout this complex, insulated metal wall panels, precast assemblies, extensive glazing/punched windows, and hand-laid architectural brick create a high-end feel as observed from adjacent buildings on campus.