High Point University’s faculty, staff, students, parents and community members gathered to break ground on the much anticipated Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel.
The arena will seat 4,500 spectators and include luxury suites, locker rooms, staff offices, concession stands, a merchandising area, media suite, film room, press conference room, weight room, athletic training room, hospitality area, high tech audio and video equipment, ticket office and a practice gym.
The conference center will seat 2,500 visitors and will be a space for growing undergraduate and graduate programs, student groups, academic conferences and community organizations. It will have the ability to be subdivided into smaller venues with lighting, sound and video for state-of-the-art presentations.
A small, boutique hotel will be located adjacent to the conference center to support a proposed hospitality management program and accommodate a growing number of requests by organizations that specifically want to tour the campus and experience HPU’s unique educational environment and culture. The hotel will provide 30 to 40 residential rooms with dining facilities and meeting rooms.
Through a joint venture, Christman Company and Samet Corp. have been selected as the contractors for the project. Construction is set to be completed in 2020.