New Campus Events Center Will Be California Baptist University’s Largest Indoor Gathering Space
Scheduled to open in 2017, a new multi-use events center will serve athletics, chapel and extracurricular programming at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif.
“The centerpiece of the 153,000-sq.-ft. building will be a 5,200-seat arena — expandable to more than 6,000 seats — that will showcase some of the CBU athletics teams competing in the PacWest Conference and NCAA Division II. These include men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, and men’s and women’s volleyball. The building also will feature locker rooms for home and visiting teams as well as new athletics offices.”
“‘This center will be much more than just an arena for Lancers athletics,’ said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. ‘It will serve all of the CBU community through robust programming that supports the university’s academic mission as well as extracurricular activities.’
“Besides athletics, the arena also will provide much needed space for CBU’s chapel program attended by nearly 5,000 students weekly during the academic year. Other uses planned for the events center include student orientation activities and commencement ceremonies that are held each spring and fall.”
HOK collaborated on the event center design with SVA Architects, the architect of record.