GCU Arena

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National Anthem Auditions Turn Out the Talented

September 27, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Singing the national anthem before sporting events is a tradition that gained footing during World War II, when baseball stadiums became large-scale displays of patriotism. Today, it is as much a part of those events as the seventh-inning stretch or the halftime show. On Monday night, GCU held open auditions for anthem singers for this year’s men’s and women’s basketball games. With Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister from the KNIX morning show as guest judges, the Arena became a scene out of “American Idol.”

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Russ Pennell Springs a Surprise on Chapel

September 26, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

How does Russ Pennell follow Russ Pennell? That was the question at Chapel this morning, after the Antelopes’ head coach for men’s basketball opened with a rousing blues-rock version of “Nothing but the Blood” — with the coach on guitar and vocals — that brought the audience to its feet. Using Luke 12:22-31 as his text and speaking on anxiety and worry, Pennell said, “When we worry and fret, we walk up to the throne of God and shove Him off and say, ‘I got this.’ Do you believe in what God has asked you to do (in life)? If the answer is yes, then why would He let you down?”

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GCU Arena Hits ‘Home Run’ in Its First Concert

September 26, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Arena announced itself as a game-changer for the University on Friday night with a knockout staging of its first concert, a Christian rock show featuring Casting Crowns. From the aroma of popcorn inside the main entrance as music fans arrived to the encore played by the headline act at about 11:20 p.m., the new facility and its staff delivered in a big way, receiving kudos from all corners. “The Arena’s staff was A-1 and on its game all day,” said Melanie Hall, Casting Crowns’ road manager.

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A Year’s Wait Is Over: Welcome, GCU Arena!

September 02, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The spectacular renaissance of Grand Canyon University came into sharp focus Thursday with the formal opening of GCU Arena, an iconic, 5,000-seat facility envisioned as a magnet for its surrounding community and all of Arizona. “It’s been a fun ride,” said Bob Machen, the University’s senior vice president for campus development, standing on the spot where ground was broken barely 14 months earlier. “I’ve enjoyed it, and I love what we’ve done here.”

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Meet Hap Hopper, GCU’s Chairman of the Boards

September 02, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Basketball fans know Hap Hopper by his work. “If you’ve seen the boards at the US Airways Center during a Suns game, you’ve seen Hap,” says Cathey Moses, vice president of event planning and marketing at GCU. As GCU’s new digital systems director, Hopper is the one responsible for everything Antelopes fans will see on the high-definition video screens in GCU Arena. The screens were created and installed by Atlanta-based Innovation Sports Marketing.

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Arena’s Unofficial Opening a High Note for All

August 26, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

A few minutes after 7 p.m. Thursday, the 11-member Chapel Band burst into song and GCU Arena came to life before an audience of about 2,500 new students and their families.

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‘Super Flushers’ Take the Plunge at GCU Arena

August 23, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It didn’t have quite the drama of a Cape Canaveral space launch, but Monday afternoon’s “super flush” of GCU Arena’s toilets and urinals qualified as a happening nonetheless. Superintendent Neil Baker of Perini Building Co., the Arena’s contractor, counted down via the building’s public-address system, and a simultaneous flush was conducted to ensure that the plumbing was in working order.

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Slideshow: Contractor Insists on Safety First on Arena Project

August 03, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The August job walk at the Arena, the last one before the grand opening Sept. 1, was one for the record books. About 200 people, many of them first-timers, showed up to get the last behind-the-scenes look at the stunning new building before it opens to the public. And stunning it is.

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Slideshow: Arena Job Walk 7.5.11

July 06, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The countdown is on. “57 more days and then I’m out of here,” jokes Superintendent Neal Baker of Perini Construction. Starting July 5, there are now two separate shifts coming in to finish things up meaning things are shaping up quickly in the new GCU Arena. The July Arena Job Walk, which took place Tuesday afternoon, was attended by several first timers. With only one more job walk taking place in August, July boasted one of the largest crowds yet.

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A Year Later, It’s an Arena (But It’s Still Hot Outside)

June 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

One year ago Saturday, more than 300 GCU employees and guests assembled on a grassy plot on the southeastern corner of campus, the site where a new Event Center would be built. The groundbreaking took place on a sweltering, 92-degree morning, with a large tent providing only temporary relief. A year later, it’s similarly hot — the temperature exceeded 110 degrees this week — but everything else has changed, including the facility’s name.

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