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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Rolling out the numbers on The Thomas M. Ryan Center

o At $54 million, 202,500 square feet, the largest building project in URI history.

o Total footprint of the building is 83,000 gross square feet.

o No seat farther than 74 feet from the action.

o Seats 8,000 for basketball, 9,000 for non-athletic events, including concerts, lectures, career fairs and University events.

o Largest video screen of any athletics venue in Rhode Island.

o 2,000 tons of steel.

o 5,000 cubic yards of poured concrete.

o 55,000 bricks, 165,000 blocks, for masonry work.

o 725,000 linear feet of wiring.

o More than 110 new trees planted and an additional 100 shrubs with more than 2,200 square yards of new sod.

o 252 doors.

o Closest seat to edge of court -- 12 feet.

o 271 lockers.

o Bottom eight rows of seats around floor retractable. Three sides for students; west side is extension of premium seating.

o 18-wheeler can be driven onto event floor

o Retail store called the Ram’s Zone offers URI athletic gear


o Averages 20 feet in width and circulates fully around the arena floor. One of the few arenas in North America with carpeted concourse. Houses 10 restroom facilities, four large concession stands


o Consists of 17,800 square feet of usable area with the retractable seating pulled back. A portable wood floor surface will be installed for basketball. The basic 60-foot by 112-foot floor can be expanded to 96 feet by 160 feet to allow for expanded practice area. Contains locker rooms for the URI football team, the men’s and women’s basketball teams, coaches’ locker rooms and two officials’ locker rooms. Four auxiliary locker rooms to be used by visiting teams or for tournament play. The URI varsity facilities feature pro-style wood lockers.


o Houses six private luxury suites, the president’s suite and the athletic director’s suite. Each of the suites overlooks the arena floor and the football field. President’s suite has 44 permanently mounted padded stadium seats on two rows, 15 barstool type seating areas behind on a raised platform and plenty of space for a number of activities


o The Center is fully compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act. Three over-sized elevators serve all occupied floors and accommodate large numbers of people and provide room for those in wheelchairs. All locker rooms are barrier free and all restrooms are 100 percent compliant with the ADA. Center provides TDD phones and an assisted listening system. A total of 85 wheelchair spaces and 85 companion chairs are distributed throughout the seating bowl. In addition 75 ambulatory chairs are placed throughout the building, which have fold-up arm rest feature.

For Further Information: Linda Acciardo 401-874-2116, Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116

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