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DAWN OF A NEW ERA

THE SHORTHORN

COLLEGE PARK CENTER | FEBRUARY 2012


COLLEGE PARK CENTER A Whole New Ballgame Pg. 18B — The College Park Center has revitalized the campus and planted the seed to re-energize the city of Arlington.

A Bold Vision

OTHER FEATURES

Pg. 6B — President James Spaniolo made his vision for UTA a reality.

The Craftmaster Pg. 8B — David Skaggs customized the multi-use venue just for UTA.

Courting UTA The Shorthorn: Michael Minasi

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

‘If you build it, we will come’

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Two years ago, the east side of campus was a simple parking lot. Today, there’s an enormous events center with every state-of-the-art luxury a state college could ask for, an eco-conscious green space that exemplifies the sustainability effort UTA continues to push forward and a nearly completed retail district that’s expected to bring apartments and commerce to the university — all under the unified name College Park. But none of it would have happened without the center, which finally gives the basketball and volleyball teams a home court to be proud of — something they never truly had with Texas Hall. Men’s basketball coach Scott Cross told reporters if Texas Hall caught fire, he’d, “Call the fire department, but I wouldn’t help put it out.” And that’s from a die-hard Maverick. I didn’t grow up a UTA Mavericks fan like Cross did. Not by any means. As an avid sports enthusiast, I followed every team the local Dallas-Fort Worth media covered, but that hardly included UTA. It was rare to see anything about the Mavericks on the sports page or TV. The Mavericks weren’t just second fiddle, but nearly fifth. I wanted to go to UT-Austin because I grew up as part of Burnt Orange Nation. But after a military stint and a basic understanding that UT-Austin wasn’t realistic, I enrolled at UTA, my mother’s alma

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Pg. 28B — Meet the couple who gave $1 million to their alma mater.

Pg. 3B — The College Park District Pg. 4B — From the Ground Up Pg. 5B — College Park Center Compared

Pg. 10B-13B Inside The College Park Center A complete look at the inside of the center to provide total access throughout the arena.

Pg. 14B — Not A Bad Seat in the House Pg. 26B — Texas Hall: A Retrospective Pg. 31B — College Park Art

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mater, in fall 2009. I enjoyed being at a university that got me out of the community college rut, but I knew I was sacrificing the collegiate sports experience that I grew up wanting to be a part of. There wasn’t a football team to root for, and the basketball and volleyball teams played on a stage in an auditorium. I figured I’d never get to feel the intense spirit an NCAA program is supposed to have. Now, UTA finds itself with one of the premier basketball facilities in all of NCAA basketball at a perfect time to transition into a bigger conference for the first time in school history. The worst seat in the house has a perfect view of the game. We’re seeing more headlines with “UTA” in them than we have before, and it would be awfully embarrassing if nobody came to see the marvelous facility that has risen before our eyes in just two years. I have no doubt that it will be filled to capacity during Wednesday’s grand opening, and I hope people will start becoming true Mavericks fans. I’ve become one, and I sincerely hope people turn the College Park Center into one of the most feared places for opposing teams to play at in all of NCAA basketball. As a Maverick fan, I know we’re the key piece missing from our quest to become the “Gonzaga of the South.” They built it. It’s time for us to do our part. — Sam Morton

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College Park District NORTH AND SOUTH PARKING GARAGE Students, faculty and staff can park in 1,100 new parking spaces in the north College Park garage at UTA Boulevard between Pecan and Center streets. The garage opened in August. First Baptist Church Arlington uses 150 spaces Monday through Saturday and 400 on Sundays. The church donated 1.5 acres of its land for UTA to use for the College Park District in exchange for parking garage use in a 30-year agreement. The south parking garage, which will add another 700 spaces, is expected to open this fall.

THE GREEN AT COLLEGE PARK

APARTMENTS, RESIDENTS AND RETAIL

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The College Park District will be home to not only students but also nine retail spaces expected to open by August. There are 27,000 square feet of retail space, consisting of college-oriented shops. There are expected to be restaurants, salons, and other businesses that cater to a college environment, although the shops will be open to anyone. As of press time, no contracts have been signed to lease retail space. Residence halls above the retail spaces will house 600 students in an apartment complex located on the College Park District property.

The College Park Center is a $78 million special event facility designed by HKS Inc., the same architecture company that designed Cowboys Stadium. It can seat up to 7,000 people. Private donors have donated more than $8 million to help fund it. This is part of a $10 million philanthropic effort for the center by the university because only $68 million was paid in system bonds.

South of the College Park Center is the Green at College Park. The green is a lawn area for people to gather and attend outside concerts, block parties and other events. The area connects to the city’s Center Street Trail system and features a curved stone wall that offers seating, paving materials made from recycled bottles that will allow water to permeate, native grasses, adaptive plants and a dry creek bed that will help manage rainwater and storm-water runoff that drains into Johnson Creek.

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From the ground up

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EXCEL Campus Activities, among a few other student organizations, broke ground at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new special events center east of Arlington Hall on March 5, 2010.

On March 5, 2010, the first shovel dug into the grass between Center and Pecan Street to begin the process of constructing the College Park Center. Six hundred ninety-eight days and $78 million later, the monumental structure is finally open for business. The Shorthorn tracked the progress of the center’s construction over the 698-day period to give you a short timelapse of what was then, and what is now. The Shorthorn: Michael Minasi

Jan. 25, 2012

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UTA opened the College Park Center’s doors to the press on Jan. 25 for Media Day. David Skaggs, HKS vice president, and Pete Carlon, former UTA athletics director, led two tours of the facility as its official opening approaches.

March 1, 2011 The College Park Center was about

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The College Park Center, located between Pecan Street and Center Street, on Dec. 7, 2010.

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College Park Center Compared College Park Center

American Airlines Center

601 S. Pecan St. Arlington Seating capacity: 6,750 (concert), 7,000 (basketball) Opened: 2012 Cost: $78 million

2500 Victory Ave. Dallas Distance from UTA: 22 miles Seating capacity: 19,200 (basketball), 18,500 (hockey), 12,500 (concerts) Opened: 2001 Cost: $420 million

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Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

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Courtesy: TCU Athletics

2900 Stadium Drive Fort Worth Distance from UTA: 19.5 miles Seating capacity: 8,500 (concerts), 7,156 (basketball) Opened: 1961 Cost: $1.45 million

Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

Courtesy: Utah State University Athletics

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900 N. 900 E. Logan, Utah Distance from UTA: 1,404 miles Seating capacity: 10,270 Opened: 1970 Cost: $3 million

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Spaniolo: We thought big and bold University president talks about the College Park Center and plans for the future purposes, and I thought that was one of the big pieces that was missing. One of the things it’s going to do is make us feel proud. That’s a good feeling. Do you think the College Park Center would be a reality if Cowboys Stadium wasn’t brought to Arlington? I think it would. I don’t think our progress is dependent on Cowboys Stadium being here, but I think Cowboys Stadium has helped accelerate our progress. It’s also served as a sort of inspiration to us. The one thing the Jones family did was think big and bold. As I look at College Park, I feel like we learned something from Cowboys Stadium. It encouraged us to think bigger than we might otherwise have thought.

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When James Spaniolo took over as UTA president on Feb. 1, 2004, he made it a priority to bring a special events center to the campus. Eight years to the date, the College Park Center is a reality on the east side of the campus. Spaniolo sat down with The Shorthorn to discuss the College Park District and tell us more about the process.

THE SHORTHORN: UTA has added the Maverick Activities Center, the Engineering Research Building, Campus Edge apartments and now the College Park District. To what do you attribute all these things popping up in eight years? JAMES SPANIOLO: I just think it’s good timing. UTA was on the verge of taking a big step forward eight or nine years ago. The campus has changed tremendously in the last decade. What I saw when I came here about eight years ago was a university that didn’t realize how strong and outstanding it really was. There’s a tendency in the UT System to live in the shadow of UT-Austin. People tended to think, “Well, we’re just UT Arlington.” But we’ve come to the realization that UT Arlington is getting stronger every day. Some manifestation of that is physical on campus, some of it is in our faculty and some of it is in our students. You know, when I started here, it was rare to see students wearing UT Arlington clothing. It’s not rare today. That’s an indicator that there’s a lot more activity and lot more life on campus. It’s been all of us working together to help UT Arlington live up to its destiny. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re making progress. For decades, people have talked about getting the basketball teams out of Texas Hall. How did you get it done in the short time you’ve been here? I know it’s been on people’s wishlists for some time. I talked to someone on pick-a-seat night we had at the College Park Center who had been here since FEBRUARY

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President James D. Spaniolo stands in front of the College Park Center before it officially opens on Feb. 1. Spaniolo played a key role in bringing the center to life in the eight years he’s been here.

the ‘60s. They said they’ve been waiting for something like this since the ‘60s. We were just fortunate that the timing was good, and we had a good partnerships with the city and the community. It was just a confluence of events and circumstances that made this the right time.

Park Center. Then we thought about turning it into something bigger than that, which ended up being residential living, retail [and] a welcome center. So what we ended up doing was create a whole new dimension of the campus and helped be a catalyst for reviving downtown.

How does the College Park District design differ from your original vision? We’ve always talked about the special events center. We originally thought it would be in the South 40 parking lot. Then we thought about having it out by the [Arlington] Convention Center when Glory Park was on the agenda. That didn’t happen, but a lot of people said, “Why don’t you consider doing something right next to downtown?” That was good advice. In retrospect, I can’t think of a better place to have the College

How involved was UTA with the city of Arlington in order to make the development of downtown Arlington what it is today? Did you and Mayor Robert Cluck sit down and have a gameplan on what you wanted to do? We’re close partners, and we talk a fair amount. But we didn’t develop any great scheme other than I shared with him and other members of city council what our hopes and dreams are for College Park. We shared with them every step of the way what we were planning to do and they shared with us what

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the possibilities were in the city. It’s a broad base of community partnerships, not just the city. Mayor Cluck is a great partner, but it’s more than the mayor. It’s the city council, the chamber of commerce, First Baptist Church, Mission Arlington and Mission Metroplex because we’re all neighbors. The more we work together, the stronger the community we’ll have. Why was the College Park Center such a big initiative for you? I thought it would meet so many different needs on campus. It would promote and advance the athletic program. It would be a place where we could do commencements. It’s a place where you can do large gatherings and have concerts. I’ve been on other college campuses,and I’ve seen the role that convocation centers and arenas play. A modern arena serves so many

Is there any dialogue with the city about getting more sidewalks in the area around the College Park District and making it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists? We have to wait until we open. This is the beginning. There will be tweaks and there will be new features added. But right now we’re just trying to get this thing finished. I think the College Park Green is a very good pedestrian destination. Once we open, we’ll be talking with the city and be constantly looking for ways to make it more attractive with an eye on people’s safety and the security of the area. We’re going to have a police substation in College Park. But, you know, it all won’t work perfectly at first. We’ll see things that make us think, “Why didn’t we think of that?” and over the next year or two, think you’ll see fine-tuning take place. If you had to pick one detail about the College Park Center, what would you say is your favorite? The seating arrangement. For 7,000 people, it’s going to be an intimate environment for concerts, commencements, speakers. I have not been to game at Cameron [Indoor Stadium] at Duke [University], but it seats about 9,000 and it is electric in there for basketball. I think that on Feb. 1 — we expect to


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have the College Park Center filled that night — you will be amazed at how electric and how loud it is. Once the College Park District is finished, what are the next plans for the university? We’re just going to take a collective deep breath for a while. Our planning is ongoing, but we don’t have any major projects in the works right now. We’re doing a lot of replacements and renovations. The projects we’re doing are smaller in scale right now. The next construction project we have planned over the next few months is the YWCA day care center we’re going to build over across from Midtown. That will start shortly. What do you see for the future of Texas Hall? Ideally, I’d like to see Texas Hall become a venue for the performing arts. We’d like to eventually do some renovations to Texas Hall, but just not having to schedule events

How does College Park District play into the goal of Tier One? To me, the facility is a metaphor for Tier One. Tier One institutions have facilities that look like what we’re doing with College Park. I believe College Park will help us recruit more and better students because it would be a more attractive destination for students. Our academic profile is improving each year, our freshman classes are getting stronger than the ones before. It also helps in recruiting and retaining our faculty, so we will have a complete campus in an area that is increasingly attractive in downtown Arlington. When I came to UTA, it seemed to me that what Arlington was missing was a college town. We feel like more of a college town than we did eight years ago. The College Park District is intended to help accelerate the transformation from being a university in a town to a college town.

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Designing a dream A collaborative effort makes the construction of College Park Center a reality, says architect David Skaggs The Shorthorn staff

The Shorthorn talked to David Skaggs, College Park Center architect and vice president of HKS Sports and Entertainment Group, about some of the building’s unique features and how it was pulled all together.

features a creek bed that always has a trickle of water from the air-conditioning system. During a rain, the stream flows through a series of landscape filters and into the retention pond in the park where it is, for the most part, absorbed back into the earth.

THE SHORTHORN: What Was it the architect’s was the inspiration idea to add these for the design? Other designs features, or was it D AVID S KAGGS : The by HKS the university’s? inspiration for the It was the vision Sports and project came from the of the university first visioning session Entertainment from the beginning that we had with the Group to strive for a LEED UTA administration, Silver certification where we determined for the building. • Cowboys Stadium that the project would Once that vision was • Lucas Oil Stadium aspire to be an instant cast, it was a total • Apogee Stadium, campus landmark that team effort from UNT would create a sense of the administration, • Amon G. Carter pride, environmental to the architect and Stadium, TCU leadership and comconsultant team, to • Rangers Ballpark munity for UTA while the contractor to • Pizza Hut Park creating a significant plan and execute connection to the City that path. of Arlington. On a more specific level, it was extremely important that Did they plan for crowd control the building have the right re- in the building design? Such as lationship to its site. We wanted moveable walls that can filter the design of the building to the crowds inside or outside the respond to its natural environ- building? Crowd and traffic control ment on the park side while maintaining the integrity of the are very important to the safety of the building occupants and campus grid on the other. for the overall fan experience. What green features and sus- Special attention was paid to tainable features does the build- the creation of outdoor function spaces along Second Street ing have? The most unique sustain- that allow free flow of spectaable feature, in my opinion, is tors from the surrounding areas the way that the landscaping to the arena. Once inside, the along the east side and into venue features a distinct lower the park absorbs and filters the and upper seating bowl, as well storm water on the site. The as generous concourse widths landscape essentially acts as a to facilitate the movement of porous sponge that soaks up pedestrian traffic around the rainwater rather than allowing building. it to run off into the sewer system. The landscape design also Were the seats made smaller to FEBRUARY

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David Skaggs, HKS Sports and Entertainment Group vice president, stands with the College Park Center in the background. Among the center, HKS also designed Cowboys Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., and Apogee Stadium in Denton.

accommodate more seats? The seats were not made smaller. The treads are deep for generous leg room and the minimum seat width is 20 inches wide for the general seating areas and up to 22 inches wide at the premium seating areas. This is consistent with newer arenas that cater to the spectators’ desire for increased comfort. Was it designed specifically to compete with other activity centers in the area? As a multi-use venue, it was designed to compete with other facilities of similar size in the region that host commencement ceremonies, concerts and a variety of other events. Is there any other sports arena that it can be compared to? Or where was inspiration drawn from? Not really. We feel like this unique venue will be far above the quality of other similarlysized collegiate arenas. Our goal from the beginning was to help UTA create a professional quality building and atmosphere in a 6,700 seat scaled building. Where do you start when planning a building like the College Park Center with all of its amenities? We started with a detailed

programming process involving the various stakeholders in the project. This group included university officials, the athletic department, the venue operator and other interested parties. The outcome of this process is a detailed document that outlines the university’s “hopes and dreams” for the project. From there, we begin the process of realizing those aspirations through a very collaborative design process that culminates in the final constructed building. We know this company also designed the Cowboys Stadium. How much of the design, if any, was inspired by Cowboys Stadium? There is very little, if any, of Cowboys that inspired the College Park Center. Cowboys Stadium is the unique and perfect expression of the Cowboys brand and the aspirations of the Jones family. What makes sense for the Cowboys does not fit all projects. We were also the architect for Lucas Oil Stadium for the Colts in Indianapolis, which is a very different architectural manifestation of a storied NFL franchise with its own unique identity and history. I guess the constant in our approach to these venues is that we want to truly understand the identity of our clients and leverage that into a uniquely designed and built environment

that constantly reinforces the message they are striving to communicate. What was the original completion date and was that date met? I believe the center is scheduled to open a couple of months ahead of the original schedule. This can be attributed to a healthy collaborative working environment between the UT System, UTA, the HKS team and Hunt Construction Company. Working as a team pulling the same rope in the same direction is the only way a project like this can be accomplished ahead of schedule. What was it like working with the different clients? What was working with Jerry Jones like and how does he compare to working with the staff at UTA? Jerry and the Jones family are a great client with a grand vision who were deeply involved with the entire Cowboys process and fostered an atmosphere that promoted great creativity ending in an iconic stadium venue. Like Jerry Jones, the UTA staff are passionate about the legacy they are helping to create at UTA through the College Park Center. This will be a landmark building that gives UTA athletics the high quality facility that they deserve and need to be competitive in attracting and developing topflight student athletes.


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College Park Center Main Concourse Below is a diagram of the main concourse at the College Park Center. See page 11B for descriptions of highlighted areas.

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What does the stage area look like? Curious to see what the College Park Center staging area will look like? No worries, visit theshorthorn.com/collegepark or scan the QR code to the left to see its layout. The Shorthorn: Betty Rodriguez

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A closer look into the main level The College Park Center is much more than just a basketball arena — it’s a state-of-the-art facility featuring high-end equipment and seating arrangements. After walking through the main doors, the entire seating bowl and court is visible from the concourse. The main concourse will be the area in which fans will be able to see and take advantage of the amenities. For the first time for both UTA basketball and volleyball, the teams will be able to practice in one spot consistently, instead of bouncing around campus between other facilities. The hospitality suite is the first of its kind for a UTA venue, as well as the new Daktronic scoreboard. Texas Hall never had any sort of video board.

A: Hospitality Suite

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The Hospitality Suite has 2,800 square feet of space to host small special events inside the center. It can be split into three sections. Fans who have courtside or club seats will also have access to the suite during games. There are also 72 luxury seats just outside the hospitality suite that sit right at center court (below.)

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This four-sided, $1.2 million Daktronic board features 11-by-19 feet high-definition screens that will show highlights during games or speakers and performers during other events.

D: Practice Courts (view from main level window)

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B: Standing pavilions

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No seat? No problem. When the arena runs out of seats to sell, fans can watch events from standing room areas all around the concourse. They also act as wheelchair-accessible vantage points to accommodate handicapped patrons.

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College Park Center Event Concourse Below is a diagram of the event concourse of the College Park Center. See page 13B for descriptions of highlighted areas.

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218,000 overall square feet 12,000-square-foot arena floor 8,400 square feet for sports configurations Refurbished basketball court from the 2011 NCAA Women’s Tournament 101 LG televisions Two 120-foot electronic ribbon boards inside the arena bowl 31 monitors throughout the concourses for rotating advertising Four permanent concession stands Four portable kiosks for beverage service Four sets of public restrooms Two 200-amp and four 400-amp electrical services Full broadcast and video production capabilities Wireless Internet

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A look inside the lower level The main concourse is just the tip of the iceberg. Below that concourse lies a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed for UTA staff and student-athletes. The event concourse level features locker rooms for UTA indoor sports teams as well as officials, a green room for performers and speakers, a film room, weight room, training room and an academic center. For the first time, each indoor sport will have its own set of locker rooms along with a training room finally big enough for all UTA athletics. This area also features offices for coaches of UTA basketball and volleyball, along with UTA Athletics administration.

A: Follett Academic Center

D: Sports Medicine Center

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This new academic center will be a place for all UTA athletes to get their studies in. It features dynamic classrooms with adjustable tables and chairs and computer stations.

B: Weight Room

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The Sports Medicine Center inside the College Park Center dwarfs the old training rooms inside of Texas Hall. Athletes and trainers will now have more space and training tables to treat athletes along with a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy room with recovery pools for rehab sessions.

The new weight room features: • Five 9-foot half-racks with Olympic platforms that have an oak center with a custom UTA spirit logo and benches • An assortment of weights and machines, including dumbbells with custom engraved UTA spirit logo on them, such as: — Five Vertimax machines — Five adjustable step-up boxes • More than 2,700 pounds of Iron Grip Urethane plates with handles. As of press time, the weights have not arrived at the center • Five sets of Uesaka Olympic Training bumper plates and bars

E: Locker Rooms

C: Film Room

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The new film room will allow players for UTA basketball and volleyball to comfortably watch game film in preparation for upcoming games.

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Section 102 — Center court Section 104 — Above the tunnel the Mavericks run out from

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Not a bad seat in the house When designing the College Park Center, university officials and designers made it a point to make it as intimate of an environment as possible. The arena seats up to 7,000 people for sporting events, 6,750 for concerts and nearly 7,500 for commencement ceremonies. There are 600 premium seats below the

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The College Park Center has been called many things: a beautiful front door, a centerpiece, a top-of-the-line facility and a game changer. For many, the center will not just be a new arena for sports, concerts and speaker presentations. It will be the key to reviving downtown Arlington and creating a community between local businesses. As the centerpiece of a broader district, it’s expected to be an asset for the city of Arlington. The university’s vision has begun to improve the quality of life in the city, and the impact can be felt all around Arlington.

Robert Cluck Arlington’s mayor said it seems like it was just a short time ago when he and President James Spaniolo traveled to Austin to talk to the UT System Board of Regents for permission to build the College Park District. “It’s one of the best things that’s happened in downtown Arlington,” Mayor Robert Cluck said. Cluck said he was excited when Spaniolo, whom he calls a close friend and partner, came to talk to him about the project for the first time. Cluck said he offered to help in any way he could, including investing approximately $18 million from the city. He said the center

The College Park District signifies a new dawn in Arlington

will help Arlington and UTA. “UTA needs exactly what Arlington, Texas needs: a special events center,” Cluck said. “Our kids who graduate from high school have to go to Grand Prairie currently. And with this, they’ll be able to graduate right here in Arlington. It’s a big deal.” On top of that, he said he wants to see downtown Arlington thrive as a result of the center’s events by bringing in people who may not have otherwise come to the area. “It may be slow at the beginning, but it will pick up steam very quickly when people understand how big and beautiful it is,” he said. “Most people have not even seen the inside of any of those structures. I have several times, and I’m

so impressed with them. I know that others will be, too.” Randy Ford Randy Ford is all about UTA, and his menu proves it. As part of the regular J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill menu, Ford has added a UTA Special with the choice of a burger or chicken strip sandwich and the Allan Saxe Veggie Burger, named for a UTA professor. As an alumnus for about 40 years and a business owner who celebrates his alma mater, Ford said he couldn’t be happier to see the College Park Center taking root on campus. “It’s a game changer,” he said. “It’s restoring the downtown area. I’m on the downtown board, and

there’s been a plan for remodelization for years and years. UTA is a huge player in that.” He said the university’s increased student population has brought more people to the downtown area and into the local businesses. After the last men’s basketball game in Texas Hall on Jan. 21, Ford said he counted more than 40 people who just came from the school. Now, the College Park Center will increase that number even more and create more synergy among the school and businesses. Ford said the center will also revitalize the university. “It’s always been known as a commuter school,” Ford said. “Now

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with all the housing with College Park Center, it makes it more of a destination college. I just think UTA has had a wonderful, wonderful reputation in engineering and in history and in sciences. All across the board, it’s a great school. But making it more of a college town, all the student living just gives it more of a college experience.” Ford said he’s so excited about the College Park Center opening that he’s having his entire staff wear UTA shirts on Wednesday. Also, anyone who visits J. Gilligan’s on Wednesday wearing UTA merchandise will receive a discount on any menu item. Ford said he’s attending the center’s grand opening to see the arena he’s waited on since graduating in 1971. “It’s been a long, long time

coming,” he said. “It’s a beautiful facility. It makes me proud.” Greg Gardner Greg Gardner, The Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club owner, remembers playing basketball in Texas Hall when he attended Lamar High School. He said playing on a stage was an odd experience, but he got used to it. “The holiday tournament they used to have there was one of the bigger ones in the area. It was kind of a big deal to get to go to UTA to play on the court,” he said. Gardner graduated from UTA in 1990 with a marketing degree. Growing up near the university, he said he’d heard about the plans to one day create a special events center. “I love the old Texas Hall, but I thought a new events center

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Wendell Nedderman As UTA’s president for 20 years, from 1972 to 1992, Wendell Nedderman saw the university grow from a four-year college to a school offering multiple graduate programs and expanding both in the number of buildings and student population. Nedderman said he and his wife, Betty, are ecstatic about the College Park District. “This 20-acre College Park is a huge lunge forward in this transformation of UTA for what we aspire for it to be,” he said. “It’s going to be a beautiful front door, which thousands of people in the year will want to come to for graduation ceremonies for high schools, cultural events. I think this special events center is going to change the ambiance of the entire campus tremendously. I think it’s going to allow us to develop NCAA quality

tournaments, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.” Nedderman was there when the talks of a special events center first occurred in the ’70s. He said the plans to build a center were put on the back-burner, so the administrators could focus on building the university’s academic programs. However, he said he is happy with the way things turned out. “I think, at the time, I felt some disappointment,” he said. “You recognize that you can’t win them all, so you select what you got to put the emphasis on or give priority to.” Nedderman said he thinks students should be UTA’s No. 1 priority, and he thinks the College Park Center will enhance student life. “It’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of College Park,” he said. “The special events center is going to be a beehive of continuous activity. Maybe someday we can get the vice president of the United States

to come speak if we can get an audience of 6,000 or 7,000 people.” With time, the school will eventually reach Tier One status, he said. Scott Cross Scott Cross, men’s basketball head coach, has been waiting for the College Park Center since 1998 when he played for the UTA Mavericks. Students voted to have a new arena, but the project was still up in the air by the time he graduated. “You just kept waiting and kept waiting,” he said. “I always had a feeling that when President Spaniolo got here that it was going to happen, and it’s just a matter of when.” Cross became the head coach in 2006. When he was hired, talk of the center was still buzzing. “We were kind of hoping for it, but it really didn’t come to life until a year and a half ago when CHANGER continues on page 23B

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they actually broke ground,� he said. “Then you can look at it every day. I drive by it a couple times a week over the past year and a half just to watch it grow. It’s pretty amazing.� The College Park Center, which can hold 7,000 people for an athletics event, will be the new home for UTA basketball and volleyball. Cross said he thinks the facility is the nicest of its kind in the country, and he hopes it will raise school spirit. Along with athletics, he said the new center will help downtown Arlington by drawing in new businesses. “You can see the whole downtown Arlington area being revitalized with all the new restaurants,� Cross said. “It used to be just J. Gilligan’s. Now there’s Grease Monkey, Twisted Root, Mellow Mushroom, Babe’s Chicken [Dinner] House. There’s all these places that are popping up over there. I think it’s a centerpiece of the university.� While Cross said he hopes for his team to play in a soldout arena, he is most excited about the practice facilities and the chance for his players to practice in one location, rather than switching between the Physical Education Building and Texas Hall throughout the week. He said he hopes students will also get excited about the center and realize it is something they can be proud of. “For me, if I am a student and I look at that, I’d just want to go over there and just see whatever event is going on,� Cross said. “Who wouldn’t want to go see a basketball game or volleyball game or concert or anything that’s going on over there?�

new facility — top-of-the-line facility at that,� he said. “I’m just excited to have this opportunity. A lot of guys before me didn’t get this opportunity, even though we had talked about a gym before. So, I get the opportunity. I’m just grateful for that.� The two players have had Texas Hall as their home court for their entire career at UTA, and Catlett said he’s ready for the change. “Texas Hall did serve its purpose as a different home-court advantage to the teams who aren’t used to playing on a court like that, but I’m most definitely ready to play in a nice arena at College Park. It’s going to be nice,� he said. Catlett said College Park Center along with Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Ballpark is going to make Arlington a more “sportsy city.� He said he’s happy it worked out that he is able to play in the facility before he graduates. “I’m thankful that the timing is where I’m going to have a couple games this year and my whole senior year in that stadium,� he said.

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Dennis Wiles The senior pastor of First Baptist Church Arlington is not just a pastor. He said he’s also a big college basketball fan. When he found out about the plan to build a new arena, he said he and the congregation were thrilled. “We realize we’re in a downtown community, and we want that downtown community and central Arlington to thrive,� Dennis Wiles said. “We want it to be healthy. So when we first entered into dialogue with UTA and they told us that they wanted to build the events center that would include a pretty significant parking structure, we were excited.� Church and school officials talked about using some of the church’s LaMarcus Reed land to build some of the College and Cameron Catlett Park District in return for the conAfter the women’s basket- gregation to use one of the garages. ball team plays the first game on Wiles said the church agreed, and Petsche Court on Wednesday, the congregation benefitted from shooting guard LaMarcus Reed the deal. and point guard Cameron Catlett “We worked out something will join the rest of the men’s bas- that accommodates our needs, and ketball team for its first home game we hope it accommodates UTA’s in the College Park Center. needs,� he said. “If there was ever Reed said he’s honored to play a win-win between a church and the newinformation facility. city and a major university, this Forinmore about areaching “I get to play my last four home would be it.� games in the UTA uniform in the Wiles 3,400+ said the most important Arlington’s 33,000+ students and

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Senior pastor Dennis Wiles of First Baptist Church Arlington invited President James Spaniolo, men’s basketball head coach Scott Cross and the men’s basketball team to church service on Jan. 29. Wiles thanked them for the College Park Center and their commitment to the community.

aspect of the center is how it will help the community. He said he’s excited to see the facility used for highschool graduations, special events and church events.

“Just the energy of having a major university’s athletic program have a brand new venue, and for women’s basketball, I think that’s going to be helpful to the city,� he said. “It will

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and men calling to each other can clearly be heard. The Center Street residents live with the noise almost every day, and some said they aren’t happy about it. “The first night they made that loud noise, I didn’t know what it was,” resident James Mills said. “They dropped something in one of these containers, one time that was empty. I thought it was a big old thunderstorm. I said, ‘I watched the weather, and it’s not supposed to rain.’ ” Some residents have learned to live with the construction. Alumna Shauna Davis moved into her house, just a couple houses away from James and Geraldine Mills, last fall. “When I moved in, on the porch, there was dirt everywhere,” she said. “We just have to accept the fact that we can’t sweep.” Davis, who lives with three current UTA students, said the construction has been noisy but not annoying. She said the College Park District shops will bring a little bit of downtown Arlington to the campus. “The construction has been in

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future for events that can be held there. It just increases the vitality of this area.” With the new center finished right across UTA Boulevard from First Baptist Church Arlington, Wiles said he wants to be more involved with the school. One way he’s doing that is by canceling church Wednesday and inviting his congregation to go to the grand opening of College Park Center. “That was one of my New Year’s resolutions — to somehow be more connected with UTA. We’re just grateful to have UTA thriving in this day and age in our community,” he said. Shauna Davis, James and Geraldine Mills On the east side of Center Street, directly across from the construction of the parking garages and the College Park Center, hammers, trucks

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the way, but I know you have to do that. I can tell it’s going to be really nice,” she said. “I’ve seen the sketch plans for it, and I’m really excited. I’m really curious to see what it looks like, and I’m disappointed that they’re doing all of this after I

graduated.” Geraldine Mills also said the facility will look nice once it’s finished. However, the parking garages in front of her house have made her miss one thing. “The only thing I dislike is not

having the sunset anymore,” she said, shading her eyes with her hand as she tried to look at the sun. “I have to go way over there to see it, because before I could stand here and watch the sun go down. I can’t anymore. So, it’s kind of taking that part of the beauty out of it.” Though she didn’t get tickets to go to the College Park Center grand opening ceremony, she said she plans to go see one of the basketball games this year. “I think it’s exciting, though it’s kind of inconvenient for us because we’re older and we’d like things to stay the way they are,” she said. “It’s exciting. If I were 25 or 30, I’d be wanting to live in an apartment around here.” Ultimately, James Mills said that he’d go check out the new center with his wife. “When they get through, it’ll be all right,” he said. “When they get through with all the construction work, get them out of here.” @LINDSEYJUAREZ lindsey.juarez@mavs.uta.edu

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UTA sports exit stage with success Texas Hall opened its doors to UTA athletics in 1965 with men’s basketball. Women’s basketball and volleyball were welcomed to the stage in 1972 and 1973, respectively. The venue tried to be a do-it-all building, housing concerts, speakers and graduations along with sporting events. Texas Hall was a detriment to the head coaches of the three indoor programs as the building aged. Regardless, the venue created a unique home court advantage for all three sports. Visiting teams weren’t used to the awkward viewing angles, and there was always the possibility of someone falling off the stage. Scott Cross, men’s basketball head coach, said the acoustics of the building allowed it to be very loud and noisy even when it wasn’t close to full capacity. Each program has had its own success in Texas Hall that will carry forward to the College Park Center.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OVERALL W-L: 563-565

Texas Hall record: N/A Southland Conference Regular Season titles: 12 SLC Tournament titles: 10 NCAA Tournament appearances: 15 NCAA Tournament wins: seven Furthest reached in NCAA Tournament: Final Four (1989) All-Americans: five SLC Players of the Year: eight SLC Coaches of the Year: 11

Texas Hall record: 286-162 Southland Conference Regular Season titles: three SLC Tournament titles: two NCAA Tournament appearances: two NCAA Tournament wins: zero Furthest reached in NCAA Tournament: First round (2005, 2007) All-Americans: zero SLC Players of the Year: two SLC Coaches of the Year: three

Past players: • Theresa Frederick In 1978, Frederick became the first UTA volleyball player to become an All-American and be on First Team. She was later inducted into the 1989 class of the Hall of Honor, UTA’s highest honor.

• Marquez Haynes Arguably UTA’s best player of all-time, Haynes rewrote the history books in his senior season at UTA. He set the single-season scoring record with 678 points while averaging 22.6 points per game. Haynes only played two seasons after transferring from Boston College and is the school’s only All-American — an honorable mention in 2010.

Past players: • Krystal Buchanan Buchanan rewrote the record books for assists during her fouryear career at UTA. Her 562 career assists shattered the previous school-record of 408. She also holds UTA all-time single season assist record with 167.

• Alicia Shaffer The most successful libero in UTA history, Shaffer holds the all-time school record in digs and was the SLC Libero of the Year in 2011 season. Shaffer’s fiery personality was well-known throughout the SLC and helped push UTA to an SLC Tournament win in 2010.

• Terra Wallace UTA’s all-time leading scorer with 1,751 points and her 218 threepointers broke the previous school-record of 193. Wallace is also second all-time at UTA in career assists and free throw percentage.

College Park Center players: • Shaquille White-Miller Sophomore guard Shaquille White-Miller doesn’t score much with only 5.1 points per game, but head coach Scott Cross said he’s just as valuable as anyone else on the team. The young starting point guard leads UTA in assists.

College Park Center players: • Shelby Dickson A transfer from Blinn College, Dickson will be counted on to help replace outside hitters Amanda Aguilera and Tara Frantz. She led Blinn to an NCAA Junior College championship and was the tournament MVP.

College Park Center Players: • Chauntandra Williams As a freshman, Williams leads the team in average with 7.9 points per game. She has quickness, the ability to hit shots on the outside, and her .394 shooting percentage is highest among guards on the Mavericks.

• Jordan Reves Junior forward Jordan Reves will lead the Mavericks in the first full season at the College Park Center in his senior year. The Kentucky native has improved his game every year. This season, he leads UTA with 6.8 rebounds and is the team’s man in the middle.

• Amanda Welsh Starting as a setter in her freshman year, Welsh averaged 9.68 assists per set while also leading the team in aces. UTA’s offense will build on the young foundation, since Welsh will play three more seasons in the College Park Center.

All-Americans: one SLC Players of the Year: two SLC Coaches of the Year: zero Past players: • Willie Brand UTA’s all-time leading scorer with 1,907 points, Brand was named First Team All-SLC in 1991 when he averaged 15 points per game. A consistent scorer, Brand averaged 16.3, 18.1, 18 and 15 points per game in his four years at UTA.

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• Rosalyn Thorpe Thorpe is a 6-foot, 3-inch post presence who leads the team with nine blocks, despite missing six games because of NCAA transfer regulations. She averages 5.5 points per game.


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Blazing a trail Alumni promote school spirit through donations BY JOHNATHAN SILVER The Shorthorn staff

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The Moritz family, represented by John David Moritz (left), and Alan and Bonnie Petsche have made major philanthropic commitments toward College Park Center.

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Although they haven’t had a class at UTA since the 1980s, Alan Petsche and his wife, Bonnie Smith Petsche, still want to promote school spirit on campus. The alumni couple hopes their $1 million pledge toward the College Park Center construction helps advance that mission. To honor their donation, the university named the center’s basketball court Petsche Court. President James Spaniolo expressed appreciation for such support from donors that help fund the Center. “College Park Center and College Park District helps generate support, interest, and enthusiasm,” he said. “College Park Center is going to facilitate thousands and thousands of people visiting the campus who wouldn’t necessarily be here for events.” Along with a new venue comes new memories, which the Petsches already have a lot of, thanks to Texas

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Hall. “Nov. 19, 1975. The first time KISS came through Texas, they played Texas Hall,” Alan Petsche said. “I snuck in early, and saw them do their sound check without their makeup on.” Moments like this and the relationships the Petsches have built with the university in the last 30 years contribute to their love for the institution. In fact, UTA was where the two met. “I was monitoring a rush party,” Alan Petsche told The Shorthorn in September, shortly following the announcement of their gift to the university. “One of the members of the fraternity was walking up with his girlfriend and this other girl and stopped both of us and said, ‘Bonnie, here’s the guy I was telling you about.’ Somehow he knew her and he knew me, and he knew somehow we needed to be introduced,” Alan Petsche said. When the university ended the football program in 1985, Bonnie Smith Petsche was a senior. It helped her realize the importance of athletics in schools. “It was really sad, and I think that made a great impression on me,” she said. “It made me realize that we need more than academics.” Since then, basketball has been the premier sport. Texas Hall housed those games. With the College Park Center opening, it places an emphasis on the basketball program, which will benefit the UTA community, Alan Petsche said. “The basketball program will be a tremendous rallying point, not just for students but also for alumni,” he said. Bonnie Smith Petsche said she is grateful to UTA for being near and affordable. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She has been connected ever since. “When I had young children, I called up one of the chapters to look for a baby sitter,” she said. Bonnie Smith Petsche said that is an example of why making connections when in college makes a difference. “Support comes from relationships,” she said. @JOHNATHANSILVER olu.silver@mavs.uta.edu

COLLEGE PARK CENTER COMMITMENTS* Academic Partnerships, LLC: $300,000 Franklyn and Jane Alexander: $100,000 Anonymous: $300,000 Willie Brand: $1,000 Kent Besley $ Schrickel, Rollins and Associates: $25,000 Emery R. Best: $200,000 Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.: $5 million Amon G. Carter Foundation: $350,000 Tom and Diane Cravens and Mary Cravens Haney: $100,000 Brien Culver: $500 Dell, Inc.: $32,496 David Daniel: $10,000 J.T. Denton: $2,000 David R. Erickson: $1,000 Fletcher Income Tax Service: $100 Jo A. Gray: $10,000 Dan Griffin: $10,000 Jean Hartman: $50 Larry D. Kemp: $10,000 Martin Sprocket and Gear, Inc.: $100,000 Karin McCallum: $25,000 Barry McKeown: $25,000 Michael Moore: $10,000 Moritz Partners LLP: $600,000 The Mundy Family Foundation: $75,000 Alan and Bonnie Petsche: $1 million Regan L. Reddick: $50 Alan Smith: $800 Holly Smith: $400 Jill Spencer: $2,000 Megan Weber: $322.65 Ernest and Kathryn Wilemon: $4,300 Stephen Willey: $10,000 Trey and Shana Yelverton: $100,000

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Members of the Arlington community are invited to join the U N I V E R SI T Y OF T E X A S AT A R L I NG T ON

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Author book talks with receptions and book signings February 25 — LBJ Library in Austin and overnight in Fredericksburg

March 9 — BNSF Railway’s collection of western art

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Art at College Park

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The electronic ribbons run along the courts on both sides.

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The Daktronic board hangs over the center of the court. High-definition screens highlight games, speakers or performers so everyone can look up close.

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