Beginning in November of 2008, the Missouri State University Bears and Lady Bears will have a new home JQH Arena. Thanks to a $30 million commitment from Missouri State alumnus and Springfield, Mo.-based hotel developer John Q. Hammons, Missouri State broke ground on December 21, 2006, to build the $67 million JQH Arena.
The arena, located adjacent to Hammons Student on John Q. Hammons Parkway, will contain more than 11,000 seats - including 50 courtside seats - The Grand Entrance, 22 suites, a club and other amenities. The design also includes shell space for home locker rooms, offices and a training room, which can be completed later. For now, the current Hammons Student Center facilities will be used for these functions, with a connecting corridor to JQH Arena.