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McGuirk Arena Facts
Opened: December, 2010
Capacity: 5,300
Square footage: 56,500
Floor Space: 15,000 square feet
First GYM Event: January 30, 2011
(vs. Northern Illinois)

Premium Seat Offerings
• Courtside seats (42)
• Premium Seats (724)
• Club seats (88)
• Reserved seats (1,308)

Special Amenities Areas
• 1,600-square foot club lounge
• Premium seating club room

Other Features
• Multimedia-capable media room
• 300 square-foot video scoreboard

• Open-captioning system (in development)
• Elevator access to all floors
• Wheelchair/companion seating
• Service animal friendly

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Central Michigan can boast of some of the top facilities in the Mid-American Conference.

The Chippewas compete in McGuirk Arena on John Kulhavi Court, part of the $22.5 million CMU Events Center that opened in December 2010.

The facility features a pair of club rooms, the largest of which is a 1,600-square-foot space with room for 130 Chippewa fans and plush leather-chair seating for 88. It also features a 360-square-foot outdoor patio and is available for receptions, meetings and banquets.

The renovation upgraded several of the basic amenities for patrons of McGuirk Arena. In addition to 1,400 square feet of dedicated concession space, the number of restrooms in the facility was quadrupled. The chair-back seating ratio climbed from 14 percent to 41 percent, and a climate control system was installed in the facility.

The facility is now a prime host for many uses outside of athletic events, including speakers, concerts and trade shows.

Other functionality upgrades included a satellite training room, improved arena lighting and a brand new state-of-the-art video scoreboard on the west wall.

Nods to tradition and the history of Mount Pleasant also are present throughout the building. Two facility-length murals line the north and south concourse, paying homage to figures throughout CMU history as well as other facilities and programs on campus.

The gymnastics team practices in a state-of-the-art practice facility, which features seven beam stations, six bar stations, three vault stations and a floor exercise practice area with four pit areas. The facility also includes a Resi-Pit (loose foam pit) and a competition setup for each apparatus, an in-ground trampoline area with a Russian trampoline, and a 60-foot Tumbl Trak.

The Indoor Athletic Complex houses the turf bay, Dick Enberg Academic Center, and weight room. The academic center allows student-athletes to have access to over 25 student tutors and mentors. There also is a computer lab with 31 work stations, five tutor rooms, a quiet study room that is monitored at all times and the offices of the full-time academic staff.

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