A recent refurbishment at the UNG’s US$40m multi-purpose sports arena has seen the installation of 3,600 new seats, which involved innovative configurations for different uses.
Designed by Rosetti, the 103,000ft2 facility is home to the university’s men and women’s Nighthawks basketball team, as well as a venue for a variety of events such as concerts and ceremonies.
Each seat of the 3,600-capacity bowl has been replaced by Interkal, a US-based seating manufacturer, which has completed work at a number of indoor and outdoor sports facilities around the world.
The company opted to use its Vision line of seating to suit the purpose of the job. The seating offers the University of North Georgia’s arena increased flexibility, as the seats feature fold-down operation that allows them to be tucked away when the stadium changes its function.
Due to the arena’s multi-use nature, the lower half of the seating is configured to be on a track instead of being cast in place to allow more freedom for ceremonies, drills, and other functions beyond sports.
The main 3,600-seat court area is noticeably redesigned with intent. A blue fabric panels line the arena with matching panels above the bleachers, while wood paneling matches the light maple of the court, which is also accented by a blue stain.