The renovation of Moody Coliseum breathes new life into Abilene Christian University’s multipurpose arena, marking the first significant upgrade since its 1968 opening.
Moody Coliseum, the home arena for ACU’s basketball and volleyball teams, is more than just a sports facility. It hosts chapel services and commencements and acts as a central gathering place. It is also an important recruiting tool.
HOK’s design enhances the venue’s aesthetic appeal while elevating the experience for visitors and student-athletes. The renovation reimagines the building exterior by introducing welcoming new facades that frame the seating bowl and large windows that overlook a landscaped plaza. Adding these facades also created interior space for new entry lobbies, a 2,500-sq.-ft. main-level hospitality area and dedicated offices for athletics administration.
With a focus on fan comfort, the design reduced the building’s seating capacity from 4,600 to 3,600 to allow for larger seats, increased legroom, premium seating options, and better accessibility and circulation.
New video technology, including 21 LED boards, and updated concessions and restrooms improves the experience for all.
The west side of Moody Coliseum is dedicated to student events, while the east side pays tribute to ACU’s athletic history through dynamic wall graphics and displays. The addition of state-of-the-art locker rooms, meeting rooms, strength training areas, practice courts and a new academic center establishes the arena as a premier training facility for student-athletes.
Most importantly, the renovated Moody Coliseum stands as a symbol of community and excellence—a top-tier destination that will unite and serve ACU students, faculty and alumni for generations to come.