Project Cost - $13.3 million
The new 3,000-seat athletic and event center, with 74,840 square feet and an estimated construction cost of $13.3 million, will feature three basketball courts, a six-lane bowling alley and a fitness center, which will include machines as well as a free weight area, esports arena, golf pro shop, banquet room, outdoor patio, offices and a training room. It also will include concessions, an alumni suite and the Trine University Athletic Hall of Fame.
The new center will host Trine men’s and women’s basketball games.
Zollner Golf Course will remain open during construction. Read more.
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Competition begins in fall 2017
Trine University will launch an esports program beginning in the fall of 2017. Esports events involve competitive multiplayer online video gaming. Trine has named Alex Goplin, who currently serves as an assistant director of admission, as its director of esports.
Trine University’s team will begin competition with Riot Games’ League of Legends, and add teams in Counterstrike, Hearthstone, Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm. Following the use of a temporary facility for 2017-18, the university is planning for a state-of-the-art esports facility to be located in the new, multimillion-dollar MTI Center when it opens in 2018.
Trine University to Add Bowling Teams
The bowling teams will compete at the club level. National and league affiliations are in the process of being determined and will be announced at a later date. Team competition is expected to primarily take place in tournament settings.
Bill Burke has been tabbed the head coach of both programs. Burke became a Silver-certified coach in 2016 and is working toward earning Gold certification, which will make him one of just 30 Gold-certified coaches worldwide. He has been a Professional Bowling Association member since 1991.