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Troy University breaks ground on new arena

(L-R) University trustees Gerald Dial, Lamar Higgins, Allen Owen, President Pro-tem Dr. Doug Hawkins, First Lady Janice Hawkins, Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., trustee John Harrison, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs Jim Book (L-R) University trustees Gerald Dial, Lamar Higgins, Allen Owen, President Pro-tem Dr. Doug Hawkins, First Lady Janice Hawkins, Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., trustee John Harrison, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs Jim Book

TROY, AL (WSFA) - Troy University officials kicked off the construction of the $31 million Trojan Arena with a groundbreaking ceremony on the Troy Campus.

"We believe that the best barometer of what can be done is what has been done. The success of our basketball program has been well demonstrated through the years," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor of the University. "However, this facility is about more than athletics. The entire campus will benefit through a first-class facility in which to hold commencement ceremonies, convocations and concerts."

"This new multi-purpose arena is about the future of TROY, and I believe the new Trojan Arena is one of the most important additions we will witness in our lives together at Troy University," he said.

When completed in Fall 2011, Trojan Arena will seat 5,200 people for basketball, and provide 5,600 seats in a floor-use arrangement, said Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs and chair of the New Trojan Arena Design Committee. Designed not solely as a sports venue, the arena will be the University's convocation center, providing multi-purpose space for large meetings, commencements, concerts and special events.

Funding for the construction, which will site the facility adjacent to the University's Track and Field Complex on Trojan Oaks Golf Course, is being provided as part of a $62.7 million bond issue. The arena is the second building of a three-building project to get under way. Under construction is the Fraternity Village, a University owned residential development for the fraternity system. A new dining facility will also be constructed under the bond issue. Private donations are also supporting the construction of the arena.

"This new facility will be of benefit to the students, the faculty and staff, the alumni, the local community and surrounding counties. It will have the class and dignity that we have come to expect with facilities here at Troy University," said head basketball coach Don Maestri. "This will go well beyond us here today. Members of the TROY family will be enjoying this facility for years and years to come."

Trojan Arena's construction will be managed by Whaley Construction Company, Inc., of Troy, under the architectural director of Montgomery-based Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, who have affiliated venue-specialists Populus in the design of the arena.

Populus is noted for having designed such sporting venues as Yankee Stadium in New York, the 2012 London Olympic Games main stadium, Nanjing Sports Park in China, The O2 concert venue in London and the new University of Minnesota football stadium.

"The design of the new Trojan Arena presents Troy University and the City of Troy an opportunity to establish the direction of future development in this part of the campus," said David Bock, senior associate at Populus. "Trojan Arena will become the ‘Face of Troy.' It will reflect the established character of the Troy Campus, express the importance of the Troy basketball and volleyball programs, as well as celebrate the graduation ceremonies to be held within."

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