JQH Arena

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JQH Arena
The Q
JQH Arena logo
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JQH Arena interior.
Location685 South John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO 65897 USA
Coordinates37°12′7.37″N 93°16′59.01″W / 37.2020472°N 93.2830583°W / 37.2020472; -93.2830583Coordinates: 37°12′7.37″N 93°16′59.01″W / 37.2020472°N 93.2830583°W / 37.2020472; -93.2830583
OwnerMissouri State University
OperatorMissouri State University
Broke groundDecember 21, 2006
OpenedNovember 13, 2008
Construction cost$67 Million
($78 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectEllerbe Becket Pellham Phillips Architects & Engineers Inc.
Structural engineerMartin/Martin, Inc.[2]
Services engineerHenderson Engineers, Inc.[3]
General contractorJ. E. Dunn Construction Group[2]
Missouri State Bears
(Men's & Women's Basketball)

JQH Arena is a basketball and special events arena in Springfield, Missouri. Constructed at a cost of $67 million, the arena opened in 2008.[4] 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."[5] 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.[6]

The arena bears the initials of John Q. Hammons, a Springfield-based hotel developer and Missouri State alumnus who donated $30 million for the arena's construction.[6] 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 appeared again in the spring of 2010.


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  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Missouri State University's JQH Arena on-Time and $1 million Under Budget". Structural Engineer. May 11, 2009. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ "Sports/Recreation". Henderson Engineers, Inc. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "JQH Arena". Missouri State University. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "JQH Arena". Emporis. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "About JQH Arena". Missouri State University. Retrieved January 16, 2014.

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