The University of Maryland Baltimore County’s new event center opens February 3, just in time for the men’s basketball team to take on the University of Vermont.Until now, the University of Maryland Baltimore County hasn't had a campus facility to hold commencement ceremonies, sports games, and other college events. But all of that will change when the school’s new, $85 million, 172,000-square-foot sports and event center officially opens on February 3. The center will be used for Retrievers’ home basketball and volleyball games, in addition to graduation ceremonies, concerts, guest speakers, and banquets. [caption id="attachment_7461" align="aligncenter" width="366"] Courtesy of UMBC[/caption]
Construction started back in 2016, with the goal of creating one of the best NCAA division I venues in the country. The university hopes the new venue will help recruit the best student athletes, who could help propel UMBC’s sports programs into the top three. UMBC’s “visually striking” event venue will be home to the Department of Athletics, as well as the strength and conditioning areas, a practice gym, and multimedia spaces, among others. Standard amenities like concessions, catering, hospitality and guest services can also be found here. [caption id="attachment_7462" align="aligncenter" width="490"] Courtesy of UMBC[/caption] Two concerts have already been scheduled at the new facility -- A Day to Remember’s “15 Years in the Making” tour is scheduled for March 13, while Maze and Frankie Beverly are scheduled to perform on March 17. However, with spring break just around the corner, UMBC students can expect more event announcements to come soon. What do you think of the new event center? Will you be taking a visit once it's open? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and let's get the conversation started.