Blue Raider sports fans are invited to Thursday’s grand re-opening of the new look Murphy Center as work wraps up on $12.64 million in renovations and needed upgrades as part of the University’s Master Plan.
The Middle Tennessee men’s and women’s basketball teams will participate in “Murphy Madness” Thursday, Oct. 30, to showcase the new lighting, concessions, restrooms and improved climate control inside Monte Hale Arena.
Murphy Madness will serve as a basketball tip-off celebration for the 2014-15 seasons, highlighting both Blue Raider basketball teams. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with trunk-or-treat for youngsters on the concourse.
“We are excited about this event and the opportunity for our fans to get a first-hand look at the outstanding renovations to Murphy Center,” Middle Tennessee Director of Athletics Chris Massaro said.
“I believe our fans are going to enjoy the fresh look with the new lighting and sound system and the upgrades that have been made to our concession and restroom areas. Murphy Center has always been a great facility for our basketball teams and these improvements will only enhance the fan experience.”
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Final construction work will continue on concession stands and ticket offices, which will be open before the first games of the new season, according to Campus Planning officials. The concession stands will feature digital televisions as menus.
Another noticeable addition is the automatic blinds installed on the east, west and south sides of the arena that will help prevent glare and sun spots during day games. Fans should also notice comfortable temperatures courtesy of the new HVAC system.
Not seen, but sorely needed, is the new roof on Murphy Center, which opened in 1972. Also unseen will be the waffle ceiling, which is no more.
In addition to MTSU’s Athletic Department and the Murphy Center Complex, Murphy Center also houses offices and classrooms for the Department of Health and Human Performance.
Any fan with questions may contact the MTSU Athletic Department at 615-898-2452.