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Arena a welcome addition to UJ


The Harold Newman Arena will be dedicated today at the University of Jamestown, and the new facility is an impressive addition not only to the campus, but also Jamestown.

Construction on the $16 million arena begin in 2016. The arena is named after Harold Newman, founder of Newman Signs, who died at the age of 80 in 2014. The Newman family donated funds to the university’s capital campaign for the arena in honor of Newman and his wife, Mary. Part of the donation also funded nursing scholarships at UJ.

The 61,000-square-foot arena will seat 2,000 and can be used for a variety of events, from UJ sports activities to receptions for small parties to conferences accommodating large groups.

Parts of the new arena have been in use since August. Today is the day UJ staff, students and the Jamestown community will gather to formally dedicate the building to its namesake. It’s an important day for UJ, the Newman family and others who helped make the arena project happen.

Congratulations to the University of Jamestown on the completion of Harold Newman Arena. We’re looking forward to hearing the arena bells chime for a victory.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board.