Bryant University Announces Historic Convocation Center and Arena, Offering a Premier Venue for Athletics Championships and State-of-the-Art University and Dining Facilities

SMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant University Vision 2030 strategic plan confirmed Bryant’s unparalleled institution-wide commitment to educating students to be ready for the real world for success and superior results with a focus on delivering a transformational education and campus life experience, competitive athletics, and unparalleled return on investment in education. The University plans to open new facilities, including an iconic convocation center and arena for its NCAA champion DI Bulldog Athletics and a new dining hall, in 2023.

The Bryant Convocation Center and Arena will be built next to Bryant’s award-winning Bulldog
Strength and Conditioning Center, part of the David M. ’85 and Terry Beirne Bulldog Stadium complex.

The Bryant Convocation Center and Arena is designed by Sasaki Associates as a first sports facility with state-of-the-art features for the NEC Champion men’s college basketball team, a welcoming venue for the performing arts and a center for campus-wide activities, including commencement and convocation. The Convocation Center will be adjacent to Bryant’s premium Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center, part of the David M. ’85 and Terry Beirne Bulldog Stadium complex. Funding for the project will include significant philanthropy.

“Vision 2030 is designed to take Bryant University to the next level.”

This convocation center and arena, coupled with significant investment in student life, residential living facilities, and a planned major investment in academic buildings, will make Bryant University’s secure 428-acre campus a destination for talented students from across the country and around the world. . Bryant’s Recognition among the richest 1% in the country from colleges and universities for return on investment in education and lifetime earnings (AI from Georgetown University, 2022) positioned the University with the largest pool of applicants in Bryant’s history and the University’s campus and facilities are currently ranked among the top 20 most beautiful by college consensus.

With 25 NCAA DI sports teams and more than 550 student-athletes succeeding on the courts and playing fields while earning a 95% graduation success rateBryant’s Bulldog Athletic programs compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletic competition.

Vision 2030 investments will position Bryant University as a leader in high-impact, high-return 21st century education, student experience, and professional and personal development for success. »

According to Bryant Chairman of the Board, David M. Beirne ’85, “Vision 2030 is designed to take Bryant University to the next level. Investment in university facilities will include a new center for entrepreneurship and innovation, a state-of-the-art dining hall, major investments in residential living and our world-class arena/convocation center will only that strengthen our nationally recognized top 1. % education ROI and further prepare our students to be Ready for the real world.”

Announcing the project, Bryant University President Ross Gittell, Ph.D., noted:Vision 2030 investments will position Bryant University as a leader in high-impact, high-return 21st century education, student experience, and professional and personal development. This is exemplified by the University’s best 1% return on investment and its participation in the 2022 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. Bryant is one of the few universities in the nation to achieve national recognition in the two categories.

New Provost Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D., adds that “Vision 2030 positions Bryant to extend its exceptional return on investment in education to new academic programs, new disciplines and a growing pool of highly talented and qualified students.

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This Convocation Center and Arena, when combined with investments in student life, residential life
facilities, and a planned major investment in academic buildings, will make Bryant University
a destination for talented students from across the country and around the world.

When completed, Bryant’s summon center:

  • Establish a home of choice for Bryant Basketball and Volleyball sports, including a competition field, locker rooms and support spaces

  • Provide a venue for graduation and graduation ceremonies that can accommodate the entire student body of 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students

  • Provide a venue for student life events, including an innovative black box theater, a soundproof concert hall, and a setting for the performing arts, including theater and dance

  • Provide a multipurpose facility to support academic, conference and special event programming

  • Create a welcoming place for campus visitors and prospective students

  • Serve as an emergency shelter in times of disaster and a place of refuge in times of crisis.

Building characteristics:

  • Designed to accommodate gatherings of up to 4,400 attendees with a combination of 3,400 fixed seats and up to 1,000 seats that can be added to the event floor when configured with a large stage

  • Bi-tier seating with retractable fixed seats, allowing a lower bowl to accommodate up to 2,500 people while an upper tier can add another 900 fixed seats. This allows the University to present events such as the basketball competition in the lower bowl, with the capacity to expand to 3,400

  • A loading dock next to a service road for efficient access to the arena floor

  • Fitted with state of the art rigging, lighting and sound systems for mixed use.

The Bryant Convocation Center and Arena is a landmark project that will enhance Bryant’s transformational experience and build on Bryant’s strong spirit and collegiate community. It will be a premier sports facility, performing arts venue and activity center that will bring the entire Bryant community together for functions throughout the year.

To learn more about Bryant University’s Vision 2030 strategic plan, visit news.bryant.edu.

BRYANT UNIVERSITY

For nearly 160 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. The University offers a uniquely integrated academic and student experience with nationally recognized academic programs at the intersection of business, STEM, and liberal arts. Located on a contemporary 428-acre campus in Smithfield, RI, Bryant enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students from 38 states and 49 countries. Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and consistently receives top rankings from US News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, College Factual, and Barrons. To visit https://www.bryant.edu/.

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