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UT Arlington to build special events center

News Release — 12 February 2009


Media contact: Kristin Sullivan, assistant vice president for media relations, (817) 272-2761,

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas System Board of Regents voted at its Feb. 12 meeting in Austin to allow The University of Texas at Arlington to move forward with the design and development of a new special events center. In addition to providing first-rate facilities for University basketball and volleyball teams, the approximately 190,000 square-foot, 6,500-seat center will accommodate a wide variety of events, including indoor sports, convocations, commencements, concerts, political debates, speakers and conferences. It will also provide a venue for year-round public events in the heart of the City of Arlington's targeted redevelopment zone.

"We are grateful for the support of the UT System Regents for our long-awaited special events center," UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said. "This events center will give our premier basketball teams a true home court and invigorate our campus spirit. The center also will be a cornerstone of development already reshaping downtown Arlington."

The events center will be built at the northeastern corner of campus between South Center and South Pecan streets at West Second Street, near the UT Arlington Bookstore and four major residence halls.  The site was selected for its proximity and connectivity to downtown Arlington. It is near the new Levitt Pavilion, the new Center Street Trail System and Center Street Green, a downtown reclamation project entered into jointly by UT Arlington and the City of Arlington. 

"UT Arlington envisions this facility as a community resource - a hub for athletics, academics, entertainment and all kinds of community activity," Spaniolo said.

The center is expected to be completed by spring 2012, to cost approximately $73 million and to be built to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification for sustainable development. A combination of local university funds, private gifts and revenue bonds will provide financing.

The University is developing a parking plan that includes a large garage to be built immediately north of the special events center. This garage would provide parking for daily campus operations, events held at the special events center and community events in downtown Arlington.

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