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Junell Center - Stephens Arena
The Junell Center is one of the most recognizable buildings on the Angelo State University campus and is home to one of the finest playing courts in NCAA Division II - Stephens Arena.
The facility provides a first-class setting for educational, cultural, social and athletic events. Accommodating audiences up to 5,600, the Junell Center has allowed the university to bring commencement activities, previously staged in the city’s coliseum, home to the campus. The Junell Center also serves as home to ASU’s athletic staffs, offering a support complex with offices, conference rooms and classrooms – many of which are designed to serve multiple uses.
Fans watch the Ram and ’Belle basketball and ’Belle volleyball squads on a gleaming wood court that also serves as a UIL playoff site for area public schools. The fans can also catch the "instant replay" on the 9x12 foot video screen – the largest of its kind in the Lone Star Conference. Media personnel enjoy the spacious press row and championship banners are hung from the rafters of the majestic arena.
Adjacent to the arena floor are the dressing rooms for the Rambelle and Ram athletic teams. These are supported by a sports medicine center, equipment rooms, storage facilities and a laundry room. Two weight rooms look out over the track complex through gleaming glass walls.
A specially appointed VIP Lounge is housed in the Junell Center, overlooking the Stephens Arena floor. The lounge is the site for dinners, receptions and other programs requiring that extra touch of class. A Hall of Honor on the Junell Center concourse heralds the accomplishments of ASU athletes through the ages. Taken together, the many amenities make the Junell Center/Stephens Arena one of the premier facilities in the state and a crowning jewel for the campus and the community.
Speaking engagements, distinguished lecture series, cultural programs, exhibitions and concerts are just a few of the community activities that are staged in the facility. A multi-use area is available for smaller programs or as additional space for larger programs requiring its use in conjunction with the arena floor. This space also doubles as a practice site for the Rambelles and Rams and may also be used for classes and dinners.
Other support spaces in the building include a warming kitchen for catering needs for banquets and other dining events and a "green room" for performers waiting to go on stage.
The Junell Center was made possible by funding from the Texas State Legislature, in a $30 million dollar package made available for the construction of the new special events center and renovation of the existing Houston Harte University Center.
The university’s Board of Regents approved the plans for the new center, at an estimated cost of $20 million. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in the summer of 1999, and construction was completed in December of 2001. The first athletic contest to be held in the facility was on Jan. 17, 2002, as the Rams and Rambelles hosted Texas A&M University-Kingsville in a basketball doubleheader.
The center is on university-owned property on Varsity Drive, just off of Jackson Street and north of the Multipurpose Sports Complex.