John E. Worthen Arena is a basketballarena in Muncie, Indiana. The arena opened in the year 1992 and it is home to the Ball State University Cardinals men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams. The facility currently seats 11,500 people and cost $8 million to build.
Worthen Arena is also the site of other events, including concerts (seating capacity 11,500 end-stage, 8,800 270 degree end-stage, 7,200 180-degree end-stage, and 5,500 half-house), trade shows (18,700 square feet of space on the arena floor) and other special events.
It features eight permanent and six portable concession stands, two permanent souvenir stands, a press room, two loading docks, and an arena lounge. It stands between 95 and 120 ft from the floor to the ceiling.
Originally named Ball State Arena or University Arena, it became Worthen Arena in honor of the former University President, John E. Worthen, and replaces the old arena, Irving Gymnasium. A new video board was installed August 30th, 2013. It is on the southeast side of the arena.