TROY opened the new Trojan Arena in style
on Nov. 9 with a last second shot to beat the
Mississippi State Bulldogs 56-53.
Emil Jones, a senior guard from Hattiesburg,
Miss., sank a jumper with 1.6 seconds left to give
the Trojans the victory.
Troy University trustees, officials and special
guests officially opened the Arena on Sept. 8 with a
The $40 million facility is home to men’s and
women’s basketball, volleyball and track and field
programs, and it will be used for the University’s
commencement ceremonies and special events. It
replaced longtime basketball home Sartain Hall,
which opened in 1962.
In addition to the main floor, the 140,000-plus
square foot building features two practice courts,
weight rooms, locker rooms and offices and
provides about 5,500 high-back seats in a sports
venue arrangement. The arena includes upper-level
suite seating and an exclusive Stadium Club area
for donors, while also adding floor seating for
students. The arena is also equipped with two
767-square foot video boards. The facility boasts
the largest digital scoreboards in the country to
date, 63 televisions and a three-foot ribbon screen
that encircles the arena.
Construction management was provided by
Whaley Construction, Inc., of Troy, and Hoar
Construction, LLC, served as general contractors.
Trojan Arena was co-designed by Goodwyn, Mills,
Cawood architects and POPULOUS, which has
designed such sporting venues as Yankee Stadium
in New York, the main 2012 London Olympic
Games stadium and Nanjing Sports Park in China.