September 25 – HIGH POINT – High Point University hosted the grand opening of the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center on Friday evening and welcomed guests from across the community and across the country.
Located on the corner of E. Lexington Avenue and Panther Drive, the 350,000 square foot complex offers a versatile educational facility for academics, sporting events, and entertainment.
The 4,500-seat arena is the new home of the HPU men’s and women’s basketball program and the venue for concerts, speakers and many other events. According to HPU President Nido Qubein, this expansion of the HPU campus will serve both the surrounding community and the students.
“This arena is about more than just basketball,” said Qubein. “It’s a place where families come together. It is one of the best of its kind in the triad and in the state.
The opening of the $ 170 million complex will create 100 jobs and give the community an economic boost, Quebein said.
The HPU’s impact on the city is already exceeding the financial boost from the 100,000+ visitors it attracts each year or the spending its students spend on local restaurants and shops, Mayor Jay Wagner said.
“Their effect not only on the city’s economy, but also on the city’s spiritual strength and vitality is immeasurable,” said Wagner.
Before Wagner read a proclamation and presented Mariana Qubein with a key to the city, Wagner compared the new arena to those of NC State University, Duke University, and his alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“Chapel Hill may have the Dean Dome, but we’ll have the Q Dome,” said Wagner.
Dan Houser, HPU track and field director, described the Qubein Center as the best college basketball arena in the nation.
“This facility will transform our athletics department and the experience of our student athletes for the next century,” said Hauser. “The Qubein Center will have an immediate impact on our ability to recruit the best basketball recruits and talent in the country to High Point University.”
HPU students studying event management, sports management, hospitality management, and more will have hands-on experience throughout the space.
The conference center in the arena has 2,500 seats and offers more event space for smaller venues with light, sound and video for state-of-the-art presentations. The room is also used for growing Bachelor and Master courses.
The Jana and Ken Kahn Hotel also officially opened on Thursday with 30 guest rooms in the multi-purpose facility. The hotel serves as a real learning laboratory for students with a focus on the hotel industry and event planning. The hotel will also feature Alo, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant similar to 1924 Prime, an on-campus gourmet learning lab for students.
“The new hotel will provide an inspiring environment to develop tomorrow’s leaders with hands-on learning opportunities,” said Ken Khan.
The Kahn family donated US $ 5 million to support the construction of the hotel on the HPU campus. Ken Kahn, a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, is a member of the HPU Board of Trustees and President of LRP Media Group, a multi-million dollar global media company serving education and business professionals. Jana Shellington Kahn graduated magna cum laude from Temple University and is currently Chief Marketing Officer at LRP Media Group.
In addition to their support for the hotel, the Kahn family created the Kenneth F. and Jana S. Kahn Extraordinary Staff Award to honor HPU employees who are committed to the campus community and the morals and values of the HPU live.
Qubein thanked the Khan family for their support in developing the Kahn Hotel.
“Your advocacy creates a learning environment for our students, a place to call our guests at home, and propels our university to new heights,” said Qubein.
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