Curtis Culwell Center

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Curtis Culwell Center
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Former names Garland Special Events Center
General information
Address 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.
Town or city Garland, Texas 75040
Country United States
Coordinates 32°57′34″N 96°38′31″W / 32.95956°N 96.64191°W / 32.95956; -96.64191Coordinates: 32°57′34″N 96°38′31″W / 32.95956°N 96.64191°W / 32.95956; -96.64191
Completed August 2005
Cost $31,500,000
Client Garland Independent School District
Technical details
Floor area 17,000 square feet
Design and construction
Architect HKS, Inc.

The Curtis Culwell Center (formerly the Garland Special Events Center) is an arena and conference center in Garland, Texas. It opened in 2005 and was designed by HKS, Inc. and constructed at a cost of $31.5 million by Lee Lewis Construction with engineering by Walter P. Moore, Blum Consulting Engineers, and RLK Engineers Inc.[1] The arena has 6,800 seats,[2] and is the property of the Garland Independent School District (GISD).[3]

It is used by the men's basketball teams of the GISD. It was also used as a venue by the SMU Mustangs men's and women's basketball teams while the Moody Coliseum was being renovated. It also hosts the UIL state girls' volleyball championships.

On May 3, 2015, two men carried out an attack during an art exhibition featuring works depicting Muhammad. Both men were killed at the scene. One Garland ISD officer was wounded in the exchange of gunfire.[4]


  1. ^ "Garland Special Events Center". Peter Li Education Group. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Curtis Culwell Center" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "About the Center." Curtis Culwell Center. Retrieved on December 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Stack, John. "Texas Police Kill Gunmen at Exhibit Featuring Cartoons of Muhammad." The New York Times. May 4, 2015. Retrieved on August 13, 2015.

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