College Planning & Management

JUN 2012

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Facilities CAMPUS SPACES Two in One Quinnipiac University's TD Bank Sports Center sets a new standard by combining two sports — hockey and basketball — under one roof. BY JEFFERSON B. RILEY, FAIA V ETERAN SPORTS COLUM- nist Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe and ESPN dubbed it "the best col- legiate sports facility in New England." As such, the TD Bank Sports Center stands atop Quinnipiac University's newly developed York Hill Campus and provides not one, but two state-of-the-art venues in which to play and watch elite collegiate athletics. Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational university with 5,900 un- dergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. Consistently ranked among the best universities by U.S. News & World Report, Quinnipiac is located in the heart of New England, about 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. The TD Bank Sports Center, with twin NCAA Division I hockey and basketball arenas for men's and women's teams, was the fi rst structure to be built on the entirely new 240-acre campus carved out of a rocky hilltop in Hamden, CT. It was the seminal building for all the rest that were to follow, including a residence hall and townhouses for 2,000 students; an 85,000-sq.-ft. stu- 40 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2012 dent center; a fi ve-tier parking garage, and a sociable "wind terrace" with 25 vertical- axis turbines generating electricity as students walked by underneath. Beginning a New Campus Centerbrook Architects and Plan- ners designed the Sports Center, as well as the entire 250-acre York Hill Campus. The twin arenas of the new Sports Center house a hockey rink with 3,286 seats and a basketball arena with 3,570 seats. Both arenas offer completely unobstructed sight WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM PHOTO © DAVID SUNDBERG, ESTO

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