Savage Arena to attract prospective studentsWritten by Aya Khalil | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Aya Khalil
Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
The newly renovated Savage Arena at UT will impress prospective students, according to Lawrence Burns, vice president of external affairs.
“It’ll be an added incentive for students to come here and enjoy university life … concerts and social activities,” he said. “We think it will make a difference when students consider UT over somewhere else.”
Students will enjoy concerts, basketball and volleyball games at Savage Arena, he said.
Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said the building has a “totally new look.” The new Bob Nichols Court has more seating options, including loges, club seats and designed suites.
The capacity for games and concerts is 7,300, which includes 12 suites, 18 loges, 194 club seats; 84 court-side seats and 160 wheelchair accessible seating.
The $30 million renovated building is a “very classy, first-class facility,” O’Brien said.
With new basketball and volleyball floors, Rocket games will be even more exciting, he said.
Aisles are wider and there will be “better access for handicapped seating.”
“It’ll be a much easier venue to navigate around now,” he said.
New lighting, sound system and five flat-screen LCD TVs are some of the new amenities.
“When prospects see that facility, there’s no doubt in my mind they will be very impressed,” he said.
Commencements will continue to take place in Savage with the first one on Dec. 20.
“It’s just a very attractive building that now overlooks campus much better than the previous Savage Hall,” he said. “It’s very attractive and very first class.”
With many concerts and shows that took place at Savage, the new building will be a better opportunity for entertainment, O’Brien said.
“It was a quick turnaround,” he said. “It totally changed the look.
“We hope the community enjoys this facility and comes out and takes part in games … we’re proud of what has occurred in our own facility.”