UMBC announces plans for new arena on campus

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UMBC announces plans for new arena on campus

Post by J.J. » Wed May 14, 2014 6:24 pm

A history of more than 40 years of hosting intercollegiate athletic events, including the regionals of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, as well as high school state championships will begin its final chapter on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

UMBC officials announced Monday night during the school's annual meeting with representatives of the communities outside the southwest Baltimore County school that the Retriever Activities Center that was the home of the men's and women's basketball teams as well as volleyball will be replaced.

The new events and convocation center that will host community events and be the new home for the Retrievers' sports teams is expected to open sometime in the 2017-2018 school year, according to Joe Rexing, the director of facilities management at the school

The $85-million facility will have 5,000 permanent seats, 1,000 more than the current Retriever Activities Center (RAC). It will be a multi-use space which will allow for greater flexibility than currently available.

"It will be able to host our basketball and volleyball games that many of our neighborhood folks like to enjoy," Rexing said. "But it will play host to other events that will be extended to the community."

Those events include speakers' series, convocations, graduation ceremonies and arts events, Rexing said.

The arena will be on campus near the present site of the UMBC Stadium and baseball's Alumni Field and softball stadium.

The news follows the fall, 2013 opening of the SECU Arena (5,200 capacity) on the campus of Towson University and renovations to Reitz Arena (2,100 capacity) on the campus of Loyola University Maryland.

The RAC opened in 1973 as the UMBC Fieldhouse and served as the site of numerous high school basketball conference and state championship tournaments, among other activities.
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Re: UMBC announces plans for new arena on campus

Post by Skyhawkct » Wed May 14, 2014 7:55 pm

Pretty pathetic when a university's old tactility is better than our current one.

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Re: UMBC announces plans for new arena on campus

Post by J.J. » Tue May 31, 2016 9:00 pm

Some pretty impressive plans for the new UMBC facility.
http://fm.umbc.edu/event-center-plans-and-images/

Again, look at the ton of info on UMBC's Facilities Management, while CCSU's facilities management website basically doesn't even exist!
http://fm.umbc.edu/

When is CCSU's website going to be updated with similar information (Operations, Planning, Design & Construction, Projects, etc.)?
http://web.ccsu.edu/facilitiesmanagement

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Re: UMBC announces plans for new arena on campus

Post by Skyhawkct » Tue May 31, 2016 11:03 pm

It's pathetic JJ. Outdated data, construction start dates that have since passed and very little in the way of renditions or plans for any of the projects. The facilities management department should be ashamed.

Yeah, UMBC's new athletic center will be impressive! As I stated two years ago though, their existing arena is better than what we gave now and probably what we're going to have whenever any rehab will be done to Kaiser. The rec center and Kaiser projects aren't even on their major project list for God sake.

Having said that, all we've seen on the Kaiser rehab and the new rec center are very basic diagrams not even on CCSU's website. Again...pathetic.

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Re: UMBC announces plans for new arena on campus

Post by J.J. » Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:23 am

Construction pics of new UMBC Events Center:

http://umbcretrievers.com/general/Event ... ne17/index

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