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Belmont University Performing Arts Center

1,700-seat multi-purpose facility to be the ‘finest music performance hall on any college campus in the world’

Performing Arts CenterCommitted to providing students with access to stages that rival some of the world’s finest, Belmont University announced today a state-of-the-art performing arts center on Belmont Boulevard. The Belmont University Performing Arts Center will house a 1,700-seat multi-purpose theatre, a grand lobby and two contiguous event spaces that can hold more than 900 guests when combined with the lobby. The venue, which will be located between Bernard and Compton Avenue on Belmont Boulevard, is slated to open fall 2021.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Our goal is to build the finest music performance hall on any college campus in the world, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I have dreamed of the creation of this facility since I first came to Belmont in 2000. Along with the Massey Performing Arts Center, Troutt Theater & McAfee Concert Hall, the addition of this venue completes our campus’s performance facilities, creating the most extensive suite of venues of any other institution of higher education.” Board Chairman Marty Dickens said, “Our students are just the best, and they deserve the very best.”

Outfitted for both acoustic and amplified sound, the Center’s Performance Hall, referred to as an instrument of its own kind, will adapt to the performances it hosts. Classical concerts, operas, musical theatre performances, dance recitals, commercial showcases and more will be held in the Center’s Performance Hall to accommodate the diverse musical interests and talents of Belmont students. The facility will include a full fly space, wing space, orchestra pit, two forestage lifts, a trap room under the stage and television broadcast capabilities.

In addition to its on-stage features, the facility will have a warm-up room for dance or choral use, various sized dressing rooms, a green room, a scene dock, a loading dock and a green roof to assist with water quality filtration, among other sustainable components as the project will pursue LEED certification.

Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “As we prepare the next generation of musical greats, we must ensure that our students are exposed to some of the world’s best venues. With the creation of this impressive complex, our students will have access to one of the finest. This new performing arts center will serve as an extraordinary training ground, both onstage and backstage, for students in our Colleges of Visual & Performing Arts and Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.”

Nashville-based R.C. Mathews is the contractor, and ESa is the architect for the project.

More details on this project will be added here as they are confirmed. 

Performing Arts Center Construction Updates: 
Construction is underway for Belmont’s Performing Arts Center, slated to open in Fall 2021. An updated project timeline is below, though timelines are subject to change based on weather or other factors outside of the contractor's control:

  • Early May 2019: Completion of new segment of Bernard Avenue between Curb Event Center Garage and Compton Avenue.
  • As of June 5: Blasting has concluded for the summer with only minor blasting scheduled for this fall to complete the site work.
  • Mid-September – Mid-October 2019: Blasting the northwest corner of the construction site at current location of the International Market.
  • Fall 2021: Project complete

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Belmont University South Garage

slider-South-Garage-1600.jpgBelmont University announced plans for a new garage to provide additional convenient parking on the south side of campus for Belmont’s students, employees and visitors. The new garage, which will offer 830 parking spaces and feature six NCAA Division I regulation tennis courts on the roof, will be located behind Belmont’s Troutt Theater and McAfee Concert Hall and across Compton Avenue from the planned Performing Arts Center. A surface parking lot is currently located on the site of the planned garage.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Beyond having beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities for academic and residential life, Belmont also seeks to provide ample on campus parking for our students, employees and visitors. This new garage will serve our campus and the broader community well, providing easy access to rehearsal, classroom and practice space in our theaters, concert hall and performing arts center. Plus, the building will serve double duty by bringing the Bruins’ tennis teams back home and allowing all of our students new opportunities for recreational play. 

Belmont’s tennis teams have rented the courts at Centennial Sportsplex for practices and matches for the past several years. Sportsplex is also the current home of the Ohio Valley Conference Tennis Championships. Upon the garage’s completion in January 2021, Belmont’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will be able to move back on campus, and the garage facility will also include space for team locker rooms and coaches offices. The tennis courts will be available for play by members of the campus community when not in use by the Belmont tennis teams. 

Athletics Director Scott Corley added, “Bringing tennis courts back to campus is exciting news for our campus and tennis programs. The on-campus courts will be a tremendous benefit in recruiting and player development. It will also provide an opportunity for more faculty, staff and students to watch our players compete. I would like to thank Dr. Fisher and senior leadership for making this happen.”

The garage is being designed by ESa with construction by R.C. Mathews.

South Garage Construction Updates: 
Construction will soon begin for Belmont’s South Garage, slated to open in January 2021. An updated project timeline is below, though timelines are subject to change based on weather or other factors outside of the contractor's control:

  • As of June 5: Excavation has begun and will continue at least three months. Possible blast times are 9:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., and 1:05 p.m, Monday through Friday.
  • October 1, 2020:  Garage Available for Parking
  • January 1, 2021:  Project Completion