High Point University’s “Growth Machine” Presents Multipurpose Conference Center | education
HIGH POINT – A giant panther with bared teeth creeps around on a fountain in front of the new Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and the conference center of High Point University.
Aside from the carnivorous mascot statue guarding the front door, the new conference center actually welcomes: welcoming sports fans, visiting teams, conference attendees, hotel guests and students interested in learning a hospitality industry.
Hundreds of smartly dressed people attended the outdoor ceremony at the new center on Friday evening, then strolled in, many with glasses in hand, and inspected the swanky newcomer on campus.
The new center, named after University President Nido Qubein and his wife Mariana, includes an arena with 4,500 seats, a conference center with 2,500 seats and a hotel for 60 guests.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the ribbon was cut, Qubein said that all of these venues in one building provide a unique function for the High Point University campus.
The total cost of the project was $ 170 million, including the center and the new development along the Panther Drive that led there.
Qubein said the university built the facility without taking on debt.
“That really is proof of all the support this university is getting,” he said.