The University of Southern Indiana hosted the first public event for its Screaming Eagles Arena on Thursday, April 4, allowing students, staff, fans and others to take their first look at the new 4,300-seat basketball venue that will also house concerts and graduation ceremonies. Retired General Colin Powell spoke at the event and local press covered the project’s opening. Several CannonDesign team members were on hand to celebrate the exciting moment with USI.

USI’s Screaming Eagles Arena is part of a multi-dimensional and phased effort. Beyond the basketball arena, USI will also expand and renovate its existing Physical Activities Center to create a new building entry, kinesiology lab, extensive multi-use space, hall of fame area, training rooms and more. They will also create a new natatorium that will allow USI to launch its first NCAA men’s and women’s swim teams. The project has been covered extensively to date, with special focus on how the design team leveraged VR to create the best outcome possible for USI.

Below are photos from the arena’s first public event.