Towson University posted its latest update to TigerArena.com this morning as it premiered a computer-generated flythrough tour of the new arena. The video was produced by Neoscape, one of the nation's top creative agencies for architectural visualization based out of Boston and New York.
Tiger Arena, a planned $68 million state-of-the-art, high-tech facility that will be home to Towson Basketball, Gymnastics and Volleyball, is scheduled to open in August, 2013 for athletics events. Towson University will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 10.
"The video is incredible," said Towson Athletics Director, Mike Waddell. "It lets you use your imagination and puts right in the middle of the new arena even though it is still just a drawing on the board right now. We were very fortunate to have had one of the industry's top agencies, Neoscape, involved in its production. This just adds to the excitement being generated around the program with the announcement of a new coach forthcoming. This is going to be the finest college basketball playing and fan experience anywhere in the CAA."
The local design architect for Tiger Arena is Baltimore's Hord, Coplan, Macht, a firm in association with Sasaki Associates of Boston. Sasaki, equally known for its experience with athletic facilities, was involved in the master planning for the Beijing Olympics. Neoscape, a consultant to Sasaki, was drafted by the Boston company to produce the video animation (www.TigerArena.com).
The Gilbane Building Company out of Laurel, Md. is the project's construction manager.
Tiger Arena is the working name for the arena during construction. The 5,200-seat venue will feature approximately five (5) premium mezzanine level private suites, approximately 340 premium loge club seats around the top of the lower bowl, and 120 courtside seats. The interior is column free, providing unobstructed views from anywhere in the arena.
Additional amenities to the LEEDS certified building include a 1500 sq. ft. hospitality room, a 680 sq. ft. multipurpose room on the mezzanine and an 800 sq. ft. Tiger Hall of Fame Room on the concourse level. A new state-of-the-art multimedia studio will also be constructed that will be the nerve center of all TIGERVISION videoboard operations for both the Arena and Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The new arena will feature a center-hung scoreboard along with a 360-degree video fascia display.
Check www.TigerArena.com for updates as we continue to announce additional signature elements of this major construction project.