School: Coastal Carolina University
Location: Conway, SC
Conference: Big South Conference
Opened: August 2012
First Men’s Game: 11/09/12 vs Akron (W, 74-70 OT)
First Women’s Game: 11/12/12 North Carolina Central (W, 58-39)
Cost: $35 Million
Notable Games: 12/19/12 vs Clemson (W, 69-46)
Hosted the 2012-13 Men’s and Women’s Big South Conference Tournament
Positives: Great location, just 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach. Not a bad seat in the house. A lot of box seats. Ribbon boards (1 on floor, thin ones high on both sides). Shutters on the lights, logo lasers. Well lit, a lot of light on the court, darker in the crowd. Hanging boxes in the corners.
Negatives: Connected to the student gym, a lot of pedestrian traffic. Enter floor level. Bleachers on either endzone. Small hanging score board, very close to the ceiling. Court is plain, has volleyball lines. Extremely loud horn. No board with players, points and fouls.
Final Assessment: Overall, I believe the HTC Center is an appropriate venue for Coastal Carolina. It is a great size for a Big South Conference school and provides an intimate atmosphere for a basketball or volleyball game. The floor level entry and hanging scoreboard hidden in the rafters are the biggest setback to this venue. I recommend taking in a Big South game at the HTC Center or the Big South Tournament which will be hosted at the venue for the next two years.