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GSU Sports Arena

Georgia State University Sports Arena
Location 125 Decatur St SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Owner Georgia State University
Operator Georgia State University
Capacity 3,854[1]
Broke ground 1972
Opened 1973
Men's and women's basketball)

The Georgia State University Sports Arena is an

  • 1996 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. p. 540.
  • 1996 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 3. p. 450.


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  • Various graduations both for Georgia State University students and high school students are held annually at the arena.
  • The pop band *Super Bowl XXXIV.[11]
  • In 2002 and 2007, the arena hosted ESPN's College Slam Dunk and 3-point Championships during the 2002 and 2007 Final Four competition.


Although the NCAA requires a master facilities plan for movement to the Football Bowl Subdivision (where the Panthers moved to via the Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2013), there is currently no set date for implementation of the Sports Arena renovations.[9] Instead, the athletics department has stated that construction of these facilities will occur as soon as funding becomes available. The facilities will be funded entirely through private donations.[10] To this point, a new central hanging high-definition video board has replaced the old score board, and the scorer's table scrolling ad board has been replaced with a video board for the beginning of the 2015-16 basketball season.

Lighting will be improved, and new LED message boards will surround the court. New locker rooms will be constructed, along with new restrooms and concessions facilities.[8]

The current court will be rotated 90 degrees to allow for 700 new seats. The total seat capacity after the renovation will be 4,100, up from the current 3,400. Additional handicap, standing room only, media areas, and premium seating will set the total capacity at 5,000. Due to the rotation of the court, a full bowl will be created surrounding the court. New premium boxes will be built above the lower bowl on either side of the court, a new media area will be built, and a new PAC lounge will be included.

The current trophy case will be replaced by a new walk of fame leading through a corridor towards the courts. Also, a new team store will replace the current administrative offices. Two new escalators and elevators will be erected at the hall of fame and team store, serving as the main entrance to the arena.

On the 31st of May, 2012, the Georgia State University athletics department released a new master plan, including renovations to the existing Sports Arena. These renovations would remove the current escalator entrance to the sports arena and replace it with a new ticket plaza. New entrances will lead to a plaza on the first floor of the arena.

Future Renovations

A new center-hung videoboard was installed during the summer of 2015 following the Panther's NCAA tournament run, along with a digital scorer's table board.[7]

Prior to the 2013 men's and women's basketball seasons, the locker rooms were moved from the 2nd floor to the 3rd floor, taking up space previously used for large functions.[3] Renovations included the additions of a players lounge and conference hall, as well as stylized graphics lining the hallways and locker rooms.[4] [5] [6]

Renovations in 2004 replaced the playing floor of the main court as well as painting the walls. During the 2002-03 season, a four-sided scoreboard was added hanging from the ceiling as well as a "jumbotron" style screen on the south wall. More recently, a 225 Student-Athlete Learning Lab was opened on the first floor providing athlete advisement, study halls, tutorials, and computer labs.

On December 12, 2003, the main court was named the Charles "Lefty" Driesell Court after the former men's basketball coach. A ceremony was held during the halftime of an 88-57 victory over the University of South Alabama.

Construction of the arena began in 1972 as class space for physical education classes and as a recreation center for students. Men's basketball began using it as its home court in 1973.


The Georgia State Sports Arena consists of four stories. The gymnasium floor is on the third level and is the home court for men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball. Basketball seating is available on the third and fourth floors. Locker rooms are located on the second floor. The Charles "Lefty" Driesell Court for the former Panthers men's basketball coach) has a four-sided scoreboard hanging from the ceiling as well as a "Jumbotron" style video signage board on the south end wall.

The GSU Sports Arena during a men's basketball game



  • Description 1
  • History 2
  • Future Renovations 3
  • Events 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6


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