Kalamazoo Event Center Renderings Unveiled

January 26, 2024

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At Southwest Michigan First’s State of Economic Development outlook event, the new renderings of the Kalamazoo Event Center were revealed. The schematic design phase is now complete for the proposed $300 million, 320,000-square-foot venue, designed in partnership with TowerPinkster. Now moving on to the next phase of design, the venue is expected to be completed in time for the 2027-28 hockey season.

The Kalamazoo Event Center stands poised to set an unparalleled standard in sports and entertainment venues. The design of the building and its site prioritizes the creation of a welcoming and inclusive experience for everyone in the region. Functioning as a pivotal anchor at the edge of downtown, the Event Center is not merely a structure; the site and the program serve as an ambassador connecting the downtown to the surrounding neighborhoods. The material palette draws inspiration from the city’s rich history, ensuring an authentic expression that resonates with the unique spirit of Kalamazoo.

As a truly multi-purpose venue, a community benefits agreement was signed as part of the land purchase for the arena. To accomplish the goal of inclusivity and benefiting the region, the event center is expected to host over 200 sporting events, shows, concerts and community events throughout the entire calendar year. Additionally, this will be the future home of Western Michigan University hockey and basketball, as well as the Kalamazoo Wings professional hockey team. The facility will take a “holistic” approach to developing the student athletes of WMU, with spaces such as a nutrition center and an academic career counseling center in addition to traditional training and recovery areas.

The Kalamazoo Event Center will provide immersive opportunities authentic to western Michigan, elevating experiences for players, guests, students and residents through the integration of forward-thinking technology and thoughtful creation of interior and exterior spaces.

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Kalamazoo Event Center Renderings Unveiled
Kalamazoo Event Center Renderings Unveiled

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