Harrisburg University, Harrisburg, PA
The design of the cutting-edge competition and practice suite was inspired by a skate park, another “alternative” sporting arena. Multiple levels and zones were utilized to have ample room for coaching and commentators in addition to creating flexibility and versatility. Acoustics, power and cooling were also extremely vital in the design.
The arena is located in the basement of the Whitaker Center, which partnered with the University. The University is now a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), and is offering eSports as the first–varsity sport in its history. Murray Associates is also designing HU’s Student Center also within the Whitaker Center.