Sept. 2, 2010
CONWAY, S.C.- Progress on the new Student Recreation and Convocation Center is on schedule as three walls are now standing on the construction site at the far north end of campus. The 130,160-square foot facility is set to open in November 2011.
The new Convocation Center will feature seating for more than 3,600 fans for both basketball and volleyball games and more than 4,000 for graduation and other special events.
The building will also house offices and locker rooms for the men's and women's basketball and volleyball programs. In addition, the facility will have three practice courts on the main floor.
"The new arena is going to add another dimension to our program. It will really open up our exposure to recruits and allow the team to play in a larger university gym." said women's basketball head coach Alan LeForce. "We are also looking forward to having more space to practice. The arena will give us, as coaches, and players a great feeling about our basketball program."
"I think the new facility is going to be a major step for our program for several different reasons," men's basketball head coach Cliff Ellis said. "It's going to enhance our recruiting efforts because the arena is going to be first class and first rate. The players will be able to have another living room of sorts because a lot of their time is going to be spent in the facility."
"The second thing the arena is going to be help with is practice and practice schedules. Right now our practice setup is just two baskets, which is four or six less than most other schools. We also have to share the court with women's basketball and volleyball, but the new facility is going to feature three practice courts so that nobody will have to schedule practice during late hours or off campus. I think the fans are also going to enjoy all that the arena is going to offer."
The Student Recreation Center section of the facility will include an indoor running track, climbing wall, multipurpose rooms, weight area, cardiovascular areas, and locker rooms. The building will also be the new home of the University Bookstore.