Trine University will add a new 74,840-square-foot, 3,000-seat athletic and event center as part of a $16 million building project, the university announced today.
The new center, with an estimated construction cost of $11.5 million, will feature three basketball courts, a six-lane bowling alley and a fitness center, which will include machines as well as a free weight area. It also will include concessions, an alumni suite and the Trine University Athletic Hall of Fame. The new arena will be known as the MTI Center.
The new center will host Trine men's and women's basketball games.
The university already has received a significant lead gift toward the total cost of the project.
"We are grateful for the generosity of those who continue to support the mission we have of providing a quality, well-rounded education here at Trine," said President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. "These new buildings will not only provide better facilities for our athletic teams and the opportunity to expand our athletic programs, but more opportunities for our students and staff to stay in shape, and recreation for the community as a whole."
Above: Aerial rendering of MTI Center site.
Above: Rendering of basketball arena in MTI Center.
Above: Rendering of bowling alley in MTI Center.
Above: Rendering of esports gaming lounge in MTI Center.
Besides the positive local economic impact from the construction of the buildings, the university estimates the project will add eight to 10 new jobs as the buildings open and eventually result in up to 15 new jobs, and bring 200 new students to campus. Steuben County should see an economic boost as parents, visiting teams and youth hockey programs visit the area for various events.