The University of Tennessee: Thompson-Boling Assembly Center & Arena

Educational, Sports/Recreation
About This Project

RBA performed design services related to renovations of the arena and was the structural engineer of record for these projects. The renovations were completed in two phases. Phase I began in March 2007 and included new seats for the entire arena, a center-hung scoreboard, and concourse refurbishments, such as graphics and other amenities. Another key element of Phase I was adding load-bearing capacity to the arena roof structure, which was no longer adequate for some modern touring production requirements, and painting the ceiling tiles black. The roof structure supports 200,000 pounds of suspended load.

Phase I also included new luxury suites and loge seating, which were a primary funding source for much of the renovations. The 32 luxury suites are located in the existing north balcony of Thompson-Boling Arena. The loge area features 166 side court seats, located directly below the luxury suites and includes private adjoining hospitality areas. Phase I was completed in November 2007.

RBA has also performed over the history of the facility several investigations associated with the exterior bridges and ramps.

Knoxville, Tennessee