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Tarleton State University set to break ground on $110 million events center on Stephenville campus.

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

A rendering of the $110 million Tarleton State Events Center.

TSU Media Relations

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents announced several decisions Thursday that illustrate its commitment to Tarleton State as one of America’s great comprehensive public universities.

The regents approved budget and construction for two new Tarleton facilities; created an institute to spur North Central Texas development and research; and authorized the university to seek Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approval for two new doctoral programs.

“The regents and Chancellor John Sharp vigorously support our vision to be the premier comprehensive public university in the nation,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “And they know it is happening because of our exceptional faculty and staff.”

Groundbreaking on the $110 million Tarleton State Events Center, located on the Stephenville campus, is planned this summer with approval for construction to begin in the coming months.

Seating nearly 8,000, the two-story multipurpose arena will sport NCAA D-I basketball facilities and room for academic symposiums, conferences, conventions and concerts.

Convocations and commencements will have a permanent indoor home, and Stephenville will enjoy increased revenue from community and regional events.

“A major university has a moral and social obligation to deliver an outstanding higher education while spurring regional economic development,” Dr. Hurley said. “We’re doing just that.”

A $7 million Research Administration Building, next to the Texas A&M AgriLife Center in Stephenville, will create an innovation ecosystem to accelerate sponsored research and strengthen regional partnerships.

Tarleton will share the space with AgriLife, and the university’s Small Business Development Center will relocate there, enhancing access to training and support for rural entrepreneurs.

“Tarleton is going places other universities only dream about,” Chancellor Sharp said. “It’s on the move to ignite scholarship, fuel research and turbocharge the economy. We’re proud of that.”


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