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During the summer of 2007, the Auburn University Board of Trustees approved the building of a new $92.5 million basketball arena and practice facility. Groundbreaking for the new arena occur in the summer of 2008 with the facility opening prior to the 2010-11 season.

The arena, with an approximately capacity of 9,600, will include over 29,000 square feet of student-athlete space, a two-court practice facility, coaches offices, the Auburn University Athletic Ticket Office, an AU Team Store, the relocated Lovelace Museum, two food courts along with many other amenities.

360 Architecture of Kansas City, Missouri, has been working with Davis Architects of Birmingham on the design of the arena. The firm of Robins & Morton of Birmingham, Alabama, will serve as construction manager. The 243,792 square foot facility will be built on campus north and west of the existing Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum on Roosevelt Drive, across the street from the Student Activities Center parking lot.

The new arena will feature chair back seats along with bleacher seating for students. The building also will provide improved facilities for the student-athletes, including men’s and women’s locker room suites with sports medicine facilities, lounges and team meeting rooms. Along with a strength and conditioning center, a two-court practice facility will enable the men’s and women’s teams to practice simultaneously and while the arena is in use for other purposes.

The arena will have 12 luxury suites on the arena level that will not only open inside the facility, but will also open on the outside of the arena for multiple entertaining opportunities throughout the year. Large box seating will also be available as well as on-site food preparation.

The seating configuration will offer better sight lines and will move fans closer to the court. The furthest seat will be just 43 feet in elevation from courtside, compared to 60 feet in elevation at Beard-Eaves, with two-thirds of the seats in the new facility being less than 27 feet in elevation from courtside.

The scoreboard will feature a high-definition video board with full message/information center technology. For the student fan amenities, there will be a private entrance, a private courtside commons and food court and court-side seating that permits standing with unobstructed views.

The new facility will also serve as more than a sports complex. With over 12,000 square feet of banquet/entertainment space, its design affords ready adaptation into a site for concerts and other cultural events, convocations and other community gatherings. On-campus student housing is being constructed adjacent to the new arena creating a unique “student village” experience.

Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum is entering its 41st year of service to the university, while the new arena will be Auburn’s fifth home arena in over 100 years of basketball. The Tigers other arenas have been The Gymnasium (1906-16), Alumni Gym (1916-48) and the Sports Arena (1948-69).