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Towson’s Tiger Arena readies for its debut

Construction of the Tiger Arena, Towson University’s brand new, 5,200-seat athletics venue nears its completion … just in time for commencement. 

The new home of the university’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics teams broke ground nearly two years ago, and features state-of-the-art court and training facilities, as well as an enhanced fan experience.

Tiger ArenaPat Skerry, head coach of the men’s basketball team, recently took Kevin Cowherd of the Baltimore Sun on a tour of the new space.

The seats are black and gold and the sight lines from just about anywhere are terrific. There are four luxury suites that’ll have all the usual amenities: leather sofas, flat-screen TV’s the size of highway billboards, wet bars, mini-fridges, etc.

It’s big-league all the way and represents a new era for Towson basketball, which has seen its program rejuvenated under second-year coach Pat Skerry and wants to capitalize on that momentum.

“The big thing is, you want people to have atmosphere and experience,” Skerry said Wednesday, looking around the place. “And I think you can have both here. It’s going to be a pretty special place in our conference (Colonial Athletic) and the mid-Atlantic region.

“One thing we need to do is continue to invest in men’s basketball,” he continued. “We have the potential for a great return as far as broadcasting our university and what it stands for. Every day you look at schools that have success in men’s basketball and it helps your university across the board. I really believe that.”

While the Tiger Arena will host this spring’s commencement ceremonies and other select events, it won’t make its official athletic debut until August 1.