After months of planning, construction and even several events, the ribbon will officially come off the SECU Arena at Towson University at 11 a.m. Wednesday before a guest list of elected officials, dignitaries, university administrators, SECU representatives and students.
The arena made its informal campus debut for last spring’s commencement ceremonies. Since then, it has hosted 17 high school graduations, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Ball Up Streetball Tour and its own naming announcement ceremony. Add in a Tuesday night volleyball match-up between Towson and Coppin State University—its first intercollegiate event—and the arena’s acclimation to its campus community is nearly complete.
The new facility has unobstructed seating for 5,200, with four private suites and 340 seats at the club level. The eye-catching video display and scoreboard hung above center court features LED technology. The gleaming hardwood court can be covered with protective flooring to host any number of events, and a state-of-the-art lighting and audio system supports every need from basketball to big rock bands.
In July, the nonprofit credit union SECU agreed to a ten-year, $4.75 million naming partnership, transforming the former Tiger Arena to the SECU Arena.
“We are excited about this new partnership with a highly respected Maryland institution of higher education that shares our values and our commitment to excellence,” said SECU president and CEO Rod Staatz at the naming ceremony on July 31. “This agreement transcends simply putting the SECU name on the university’s new arena.”
“SECU is a valued community partner with a well-deserved reputation as a solid, customer-focused Maryland financial institution,” added Towson president Maravene Loeschke. “This is a partnership that allows us to strengthen our existing programs, and that benefits Towson University and our students, SECU and its members, and the entire community.”
The annual student involvement fair will be held inside the arena immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, from noon to 2 p.m.