“…they splurged and went big. Walking into College Park Center I had the feel of walking into a Big XII or SEC type facility.”
–Matthew Irby, StadiumJourney.com (read his full review)
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Welcome to my basic fan guide to College Park Center, UTA’s home for basketball and volleyball since 2012.
Not to sound like too much of a homer fan, but honestly the designers got pretty much everything right in this facility. Like good sightlines from pretty much any seat in the building. Lots of TVs on the concourse so you can keep an eye on the game while heading to the restroom or concessions stand. Good signage to help you find your seat. A 4-sided video board with crisp, clear picture. Another board at the end of the arena that shows each team’s box score stats (player points and fouls, team field goal percentage, free throw percentage, etc.). A couple of practice gyms for the teams to work out in. Reasonably priced concession stands. Extremely convenient parking. A perfect size for basketball at a successful mid-major program like UTA in the Sun Belt.
Parking: Convenient. There are three big garages directly north of the arena and I’ve never had a problem finding a place to park in them, even on nights with very big crowds. Game parking is free. You can approach the garages from the south, going north on Spaniolo Drive and the garages will be on your right. Coming from the north (such as I-30), you can go south on Center St. and the garages will be on your right.
Note that on Homecoming game day, Spaniolo St. (on the west side of the arena) and some other streets around the arena entrance may be closed for school celebration events…so you may wish to approach the garages from the north on Center St. or consider another lot (such as the one just south of the business building two blocks southwest of the arena).
Seating: Ticket office and main entrance are on the northwest side of the arena. Lower level seats offer a very close view of the court, and the upper level seats have a similar sightline angle as the American Airlines Center…right on top of the court. Great view.
Lower concourse features several concession stands (I recommend the hot dogs. I’m also glad they serve Dr Pepper) and several sets of restrooms. You’ll also find a souvenir stand near the entrance as well. Upper concourse has restrooms but no concession stands, so be sure and get your snacks before going upstairs.
There’s a ton of signage to help you find your way around the building, and the arena’s staff is helpful as well. One of the neat features of College Park Center is that it features two full-size practice courts for teams to use when events are going on in the arena…and you can see those courts from the concourse behind section 113-114.