Hopkins Arena & Event Center
The Midland University Events Center, an addition to the existing Hopkins Arena, represents a dynamic hub for campus activity and community involvement. OSPORTS designed the new facility as a new performance venue for collegiate basketball and volleyball, but can convert to a concert, convocation, conference or convention facility and is jointly used by the college, city and private community groups.
The 2,000 seat intercollegiate arena includes new locker rooms, a training room, suites, conference rooms, offices, concessions, prep kitchen, restrooms, a Hall of Fame and a lobby. The Event Center lobby was joined to the existing Hopkins Arena entry to create a dynamic multi-purpose space, connecting the old and new facilities. The performance venue floor was purposely-situated 14 feet below-grade to create “top-down” access to the seating and give the space a “big college” effect. Meanwhile, the existing Hopkins Arena was renovated for practice and intramural activities.
The Event Center architecture is complimentary to the existing Arena by matching the red brick and its horizontality. The new facility will feature a translucent clerestory to provide natural light to the interior and a “glow” at night. The clock tower adds a vertical emphasis at the entry and is a symbolic icon for the new complex. The interiors are a rich blend of mid-western hues with splashes of the school colors: orange, black and white.
Project Cost: $8 Million