UT Arlington basketball fans claim the home court advantage
Feb. 1 with the debut of men’s and women’s basketball at the new College Park Center and a series of
opening day events unlike anything the University has ever seen.
The celebration will include special effects and
pyrotechnics; multi-media entertainment to showcase the 7,000-seat events
center and its high-tech, Daktronics video boards; special guests and
nationally recognized entertainers.
In short, opening day will be spectacular.
“UT Arlington alumni and supporters have dreamed of
a special events center that would be a true home for basketball and volleyball
for decades, and today we are seeing that dream realized,” said James D.
Spaniolo, president of The University of Texas at Arlington.
“College Park Center will be a wonderful venue for
concerts, commencements, guest speakers and all kinds of special events. We are
open for business for Arlington and the entire North Texas region.”
Doors open at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 in advance of the 6 p.m.
women’s basketball game vs. UT San Antonio. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting
extravaganza begins immediately following the women’s game. The UT Arlington
men play UT San Antonio at 8 p.m. with special entertainment at halftime.
News releases, images and quick facts about
College Park Center are available online at http://www.uta.edu/news/info/college-park-center-news.php.
Tickets for the inaugural events are sold out.
Ticket holders are urged to help UT Arlington pack College Park Center for the
If unable to attend, ticket holders may return their
tickets to the Box Office before Feb. 1 by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 817-272-9595. They
must include the record locator number located at the
top of the ticket and the quantity of tickets to be returned.
the Feb. 1 events are good for admission through 8 p.m. Afterward, unscanned
tickets will be released, and fans without tickets may be seated on a
first-come, first-served basis – in time for the half-time entertainment. Check
the box office for availability.
broke ground on the $78 million special events venue in March 2010. The center
is designed by HKS Inc., architects of the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium among many
of the world’s elite athletics facilities.
College Park Center
is designed to meet LEED Gold standards for sustainability and is noted
particularly for the way the building interacts with its site and adjacent
park, The Green at College Park.
Center features a split-bowl arena that places more seats close to the action
and intensifies the fan experience. The building incorporates many energy-saving
features and makes artful use of natural light throughout its grand atrium and
The events center
boasts two full-size practice courts that allow team workouts while other
activities take place in the arena and that can be used for a wide variety of
suite provides a spacious weight room, attractive team and visitors locker
rooms, an academic center for student-athletes and a state-of-the-art Sports
Medicine Center highlighted by a hydrotherapy room with underwater video
cameras that trainers can use to help athletes recover from injury.
“UT Arlington’s College Park Center has the
feel of a much larger, professional venue,” said David Skaggs, vice president,
HKS Sports & Entertainment Group. “This facility is going to be right up
there with American Airlines Center in terms of its quality, the kinds of
technology offered, and the fan and athlete experience. And, that’s important.”
More information about College Park Center,
including upcoming events such as the Feb. 11 Homecoming street festival and
event booking details, is available at www.utacollegepark.com.
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