JQH Arena logo
JQH Arena Interior
|Location||685 South John Q. Hammonds Parkway
Springfield, MO 65897 USA
|Broke ground||December 21, 2006|
|Opened||November 13, 2008|
|Owner||Missouri State University|
|Operator||Missouri State University|
|Construction cost||$67 Million
($71.4 million in 2013 dollars)
|General contractor||J. E. Dunn Construction Group|
|Missouri State Bears
(Men's & Women's Basketball)
JQH Arena is a basketball and special events arena in Springfield, in the U.S. state of Missouri. Constructed at a cost of US$67 million, the arena opened in 2008. It is located on the campus of Missouri State University and is the home of the Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears basketball teams; it is often referred to by MSU students as "the Q." JQH Arena has a maximum seating capacity of 11,000. Included in the seating capacity are 9,637 chairback seats, 122 seats for permanently disabled guests, 114 loge seats and 22 private suites. Fifty-five courtside seats are arranged for basketball games and 1,363 bleacher back seats in the end zones are reserved for students. There are 166 public restroom stations (98 for women and 70 for men), six concession stands with 42 points-of-sale plus twelve additional portable locations, and 2 elevators. Located just off the main lobby area is a team store selling Missouri State University apparel and souvenirs. Maximum seating for concerts with an end stage is 10,542.
The arena bears the initials of John Q. Hammons, a Springfield-based hotel developer and Missouri State alumni who donated $30 million for the arena's construction. JQH Arena replaced the Hammons Student Center (also named in honor of its major donor) in terms of function and is connected with the Hammons Student Center via an underground corridor.
The band Eagles played the inaugural concert at JQH on November 13, 2008, in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,550. In the fall of 2009, the PBR made their first Built Ford Tough Series appearance at the JQH Arena, and are slated to appear again in September 2010.
- The Eagles - November 13, 2008
- Casting Crowns - December 2, 2008
- The Rock & Worship Road Show Tour featuring MercyMe - April 11, 2009, February 20, 2011 and February 16, 2012
- Larry the Cable Guy - May 2, 2009
- Jeff Dunham - March 13, 2010
- Carrie Underwood - June 15, 2010, October 28, 2012
- Alan Jackson - September 23, 2010
- Jason Aldean - October 29, 2010
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra - November 5, 2010
- Rascal Flatts - March 5, 2011
- Elton John - April 16, 2011
- Celtic Woman - April 30, 2011
- Miranda Lambert - October 21, 2011
- Staff. Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2012. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- Missouri State University, JQH Arena architect: Ellerbe Becket
- "Missouri State University’s JQH Arena on-Time and $1 million Under Budget". gostructural.com. ZweigWhite. May 11, 2009.
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