John E. Worthen Arena

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Worthen Arena
General information
Type Arena
Location Ball State University
1699 W. Bethel Avenue
Muncie, Indiana 47306
Coordinates 40°12′25″N 85°24′22″W / 40.20694°N 85.40611°W / 40.20694; -85.40611Coordinates: 40°12′25″N 85°24′22″W / 40.20694°N 85.40611°W / 40.20694; -85.40611
Named for John E. Worthen
Completed 1991
Design and construction
Architect Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf[1]
Other information
Seating capacity 11,500

John E. Worthen Arena is a basketball arena 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.


In 2015, a new Daktronics six-panel video board was installed above center court. As well as new scoreboards in the corners of the court. The upgrades were capped off with a upgraded court.


  1. ^ John E. Worthen Arena architect: Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf

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