For UT-Arlington, More Than Just a New Building

The opening of the University of Texas at Arlington’s new College Park Center was the place to see and be seen Wednesday night. As North Texas businessmen, politicians, media personalities and assorted higher-education administrators crowded the hospitality suite, James Spaniolo stood at center court before the largest crowd to ever attend a basketball game at the university.

“You know, Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore,” the UT-Arlington president bellowed.

Later that night, which featured wins by the men’s and women’s teams, Scott Cross, head coach of the men’s team, called the $78 million, 7,000-seat special-events arena ...

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