Arts center, indoor stadium under construction at Wofford

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Wofford College broke ground last week on the new Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium, which will become the new home for Wofford’s basketball and volleyball games.

Jerry Richardson, Carolina Panthers founder and owner and Wofford alumnus and trustee, provided an undisclosed amount to fund the 123,000-square-foot facility that will include a 3,400-seat basketball arena and a 500-seat volleyball competition venue. The facility will replace Benjamin Johnson Arena, which will continue to be used for intramural and campus recreational activities, school officials said.

The new indoor stadium will be adjacent to the north end of Gibbs Stadium, where the Terriers play football.

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The Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium will serve as the home for women’s basketball, men’s basketball and volleyball and will have a seating capacity for non-athletics functions, such as commencement and concerts, of 4,500, officials said. It will include home and visitor lockers for multiple sports, a training room, coaches’ offices and locker rooms and team meeting rooms. Other features include a video board and ribbon boards, plus designated areas specifically designed for students, fans, children and donors. Four open-air suites also are planned.

The opening is slated for September 2017.

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Construction has also already begun on the 65,000-square-foot Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts that will open in spring 2017. It will house academic programs in theatre arts, visual arts and art history.

The arts building will be a mixture of masonry, stucco and copper with large areas of glass filling art studios with natural light between spaces and across an outdoor sculpture garden. The building will be energy efficient and will feature high-performance theatrical lighting, rigging and audiovisual systems. It also will feature two custom-made Dale Chihuly glass sculptures. Richardson provided funding for this project as well.

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