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Construction on the Liberty Arena, which will be located between Arthur S. DeMoss Hall and the Vines Center, is expected to start this fall, 2018. A new, 125,000-square-foot arena at Liberty will provide additional space for sporting events, concerts, and other events won’t require a venue as large as the 10,000-seat Vines Center. It is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the first basketball game in 2020. The arena is the latest project in Liberty’s nearly $1 billion campus rebuilding, which has included several new, world-class, academic, athletics, and housing facilities. The new arena will seat up to 4,000 — with bleacher, club, and loge seating options — and up to 4,500 with floor seating. It will host men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as women’s volleyball games. (The Vines Center will continue to be used for any games in which attendance is expected to exceed 4,000). The facility will become the operations center for the volleyball program, with expanded locker rooms and office space. The project also calls for an exterior face lift to the Vines Center, with updates to the dome roof and the addition of overhangs at the entrances. The Vines Center opened in 1990 and has undergone extensive interior renovations in recent years. With the new arena directly connected to the Vines Center on the concourse level, it will provide additional entrances for Vines Center events, including Convocation.

 

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