Convocation Center (Arkansas State University)

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Convocation Center
Convocation Center (A-State) Jonesboro AR.PNG
Location 217 Olympic Drive
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
Owner Arkansas State University
Operator Arkansas State University
Capacity 10,475 basketball
10,743-11,704 concerts and events
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground 1984
Opened July 11, 1987
Construction cost $19 million
($39.4 million in 2015 dollars[1])
Architect Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson
Tenants
Arkansas State University Red Wolves (NCAA) (1987–present)

Convocation Center is a 10,475-seat multi-purpose arena located on the campus of Arkansas State University, and is home to their college basketball team, the Red Wolves.[2]

The Convocation Center has three separate public venues including a 217 seat Auditorium, a banquet/meeting room that can be divided into 3 smaller meeting rooms, and the main arena which has permanent seating for 10,475. The Convocation Center hosts hundreds of events each year in these three venues and well over 100,000 people walk through its doors each year.[citation needed]

The first event was a concert by country music legend George Strait. Throughout the years the Convocation Center has been host to many superstars including Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Alabama, Reba McEntire, in the 1980s to Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Eric Church in the last five years.

WWE has used the Convocation Center for a Live Raw event. The Sun Belt Conference uses the versatile building to host the Indoor Track & Field Championships every other year. The building is home to Arkansas State University Men's & Women's Basketball as well as Women's Volleyball. Each team has an updated (2010) home locker room, an updated (2009) weight room, and updated (2010) media room. There are four visitor locker rooms as well as smaller, official locker rooms all inside the building.

In 2012, the original scoreboard and sound system (from 1987) was replaced with four 25' x 12' HD video boards and a 28 speaker sound system. Also in 2012 an entire new roof was installed as well as upgrades to the Administrative Offices and Box Office.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Building Info at astate.edu, URL accessed December 9, 2009. Archived 12/9/09

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Coordinates: 35°50′43.52″N 90°40′13.15″W / 35.8454222°N 90.6703194°W / 35.8454222; -90.6703194