Old Field House Possible Site for Future Concert Hall
A campus concert hall could be built in the old field house pending the results of a feasibility study, officials said.
The concert hall is one of three options. Other options include a ballroom or the new fitness center. The fitness center is being built in the Arkansas Union.
The feasibility study will give officials a price range. If the price is too high the project will not go forward. Also, if officials think that the price is too low to offer a quality concert hall, the project will not be pursued, said Mike Johnson, vice chancellor for facilities.
The project could become a serious financial undertaking, said Tahar Messadi, an associate professor in the Fay Jones School of Architecture.
The investment would need to be made to transform the space from a normal building to a concert hall.
There are peculiarities that arise when the space is considered for use as a music focused concert hall, Johnson said.
Transforming the inside of the building requires extensive planning.
Acoustics are a big obstacle, along with the shape of the building, he said.