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Construction is under way on the special events center on the eastern edge of campus.

Designed by HKS Inc., the $78 million multipurpose venue will rise between Second and Third streets east of South Pecan Street. The center offers UT Arlington’s basketball and volleyball teams a state-of-the-art home court and gives downtown Arlington a signature facility for world-class concerts, conferences, and other events. Expected to open by December 2011, the special events center will accommodate up to 7,600 patrons for a center-stage concert and more than 6,600 for a traditional court-based athletics event.

Tossing the first shovels of dirt at groundbreaking ceremonies last spring were, from left, KTVT news anchor Karen Borta (’87), Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, and Mavericks basketball player Marquez Haynes. Check out the webcam at www​.uta​.edu/​e​v​e​n​t​c​e​n​t​e​r​/​c​o​n​s​t​r​u​c​t​i​o​n​-​w​e​b​c​a​m​.​php.

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