Rick Nold Volleyball Camps
The Auburn University Board of Trustees approved the building of the new $92.5 million Auburn Arena and Practice Facility on June 29, 2007. The Auburn Arena will have an approximate capacity of 9,600. It will include over 29,000 square feet of student-athlete space, a two-court practice facility, coaches' offices, the Auburn University Athletic Ticket Office, an AU Team Store, the relocated Lovelace Museum, two food courts and many other amenities.
Designed by 360 Architecture out of Kansas City, Mo., the 243,792 square foot facility will be built on campus northwest of Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum on Roosevelt Drive, across the street from the Student Activities Center parking lot.
The Auburn Arena will become an important recruiting tool for the Auburn men's and women's basketball teams. It will feature improved student-athlete facilities such as men's and women's locker room suites with sports medicine facilities, lounges and team meeting rooms. In addition to the two-court practice facility that will allow the men's and women's teams to practice simultaneously, a strength and conditioning center will also be an added bonus to the new arena.
When it comes to seating in the Auburn Arena, fans will be closer to the action than ever before. The new arena will feature chair back seats along with bleacher seating for students. It will also offer better sight lines that will move fans closer to the court. The furthest seat will be just 43 feet in elevation from court-side, compared to 60 feet in elevation at Beard-Eaves, with two-thirds of the seats in the new facility being less than 27 feet in elevation from court-side.
In addition, the arena will feature 12 court-level luxury suites that open to the outside of the arena for multiple entertaining opportunities throughout the year. Loge Box seating will also be available as well as on-site food preparation. The scoreboard will feature a high-definition video board with full message/information center technology. Students will enjoy a private entrance, a private court-side commons and food court.
The facility will also serve as more than a sports complex. With over 12,000 square feet of banquet/entertainment space, its design affords ready adaptation into a site for concerts and other cultural events, convocations and various community gatherings.
Student Activities Center
The Auburn volleyball team has played the majority of its home matches in the Student Activities Center, where the team has amassed a 116-96 record since the program was reinstated in 1986. The complex, opened in the fall of 1984, encloses 95,000 square feet of multiple-use, student-oriented facilities. The volleyball matches are held in the arena, a 2,000 seat multi-function room. The spacious room is also used for intramural sports (volleyball, basketball and badminton), and has a stage for lectures or concerts. This year the Tigers hosted the second annual Mizuno/Auburn Challenge as the team welcomed Furman, Alabama A&M and Clemson. Auburn reigned victorious in this home tournament and had three players honored for their outstanding performances - Jennifer Amobi was named MVP, Bailey Veit and Rachel Shanks were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Prior to the 2003 season, the volleyball program added the banners of each of the Southeastern Conference school that sponsor volleyball to the rafters of the Student Act. In addition, two new scoreboards built by Daktronics have been added to each end of the court. The larger of the two scoreboards is capable of displaying up-to-the-second statistics as it will be fully integrated with the scorekeeping program used to keep track of stats.
Another room in the complex houses four basketball courts which can be converted to four volleyball courts, or twelve badminton courts. A recreational weight room, equipped with both free weights and multi-use machines, and a fitness room (equipped with Tiger Theater) is open to all Auburn students and faculty members. Equipment such as basketballs, volleyball or badminton equipment can be checked out for use in the facility.
On the second floor is a multiple-purpose room, which can be divided with partitions into twelve separate meeting rooms for sports such as judo, wrestling, fencing and karate. Also on the floor are the offices of the Auburn Recreational Services Staff, coordinated by Susan Nunnelly. Recreational Services is in charge of all intramural and club sports.