After years of planning and development, the city of Coralville has finally revealed its latest addition, a new 5,100-seat arena.
As part of the big revelation, Coralville hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the $190 million arena project. The ceremony featured representatives from Coralville, the University of Iowa, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, and University Athletics Director Gary Barta.
Josh Schamberger, President of Coralville Area Visitors Bureau, emceed the event. Also introduced, were some of the key players in making the arena possible. These include Coralville Mayor John Lundell, retired Iowa state Senator Bob Dvorsky, and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham.
About the new arena project
The new arena and athletic training center will feature a 53,000-square-foot field house that can be used to host concerts, commencements, hockey games, and other major intramural sporting events. Additionally, the new multi-purpose space will also include retail and office space and a 100-room Staybridge Suites hotel.
Director Gary Barta announced during the groundbreaking ceremony that the University of Iowa’s volleyball team will play home games at the new arena. The UI volleyball team will start hosting home games here in 2020. Barta also said that team training and offices will still remain at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the University of Iowa’s campus. The director added that there may be other UI athletics-related events heading to the new arena as well.
In addition to hotel rooms and office spaces, the new arena campus will also become home to the Johnson County Historical Society Museum, the Hawkeye Model Railroad Club, and the Antique Car Museum. (Three buildings will be relocated and expanded as part of the new arena project.)
The area will not only bring additional tourist revenue and business to Iowa, it will also bring additional jobs. The $190 project is expected to result in the filling of around fifteen to twenty full-time positions in addition to 200 part-time positions.
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