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UT Arlington In The News - Friday, February 3, 2012

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Friday, February 3, 2012

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NY Times article calls Center linchpin in College Park District

The opening of The University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center was the place to see and be seen Wednesday night, The New York Times reported. As North Texas businessmen, politicians, media personalities and higher-education administrators crowded the hospitality suite, President James D. Spaniolo stood at center court before the largest crowd ever to attend a basketball game at the university. The center is intended to be the linchpin of a new College Park District adjacent to campus with 600 new beds in university-run student housing, a 1,850-car parking garage and ample retail space.

If you build it...

If you build it, they will come. In this particular instance, they came in record numbers as a crowd of 6,228 watched The University of Texas at Arlington's dramatic 67-66 victory over UT-San Antonio at the grand opening of the College Park Center, DFW.com reported. The new $78 million state-of-the-art facility takes the place of Texas Hall, where the basketball games were played on a stage in an auditorium that was more suited for a dramatic play than basketball plays.

Eye-popping structure

To really appreciate basketball in sparkling College Park Center, a UT Arlington fan only had to compare Wednesday night’s grand opening doubleheader to basketball games in the teams' former home, Texas Hall, ESPN.com reported. An unscientific survey of a few of the near-capacity crowd attending: No comparison. College Park Center is an eye-popping structure on the eastern edge of the campus. For a price tag of $78 million, UT Arlington has an arena that seats 7,000 with every seat within shouting range of a referee.

Impact of AMR cuts on North Texas

The North Texas economy is set to take a wallop as a AMR Corp. announced plans to cut thousands of jobs, The Dallas Morning News reported. On a macro level, though, the North Texas economy will probably absorb the hit, said Bill Crowder, a UT Arlington economics professor. “I don’t think this is going to have a huge impact. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has got a very diverse economy. As large and important as American Airlines is, it’s not that big a piece of the whole."

Running for office

Theresa Daniel, an adjunct professor in the UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs, is running for the Dallas County Commissioners Court District 1 seat, the Dallas Voice reported. Daniel also earned her doctorate from UT Arlington. Daniel is one of the several candidates vying for the District 1 seat, which was vacated by incumbent Maureen Dickey who chose not to seek re-election.