The Cedar Park Center, a 6,800-seat multiuse sports arena, has helped put the Austin-area city on the entertainment map and has given the community of 52,000 residents a catalyst for activity. The arena hosts events ranging from ice hockey and rodeos to concerts and trade shows. For events such as concerts and speakers, the seating can expand to accommodate as many as 8,700 spectators.
The designers paid special attention to the acoustics, telescopic seating and a collapsible seating section. This section allows operators to expand and reduce the number of seats according to the type of event being hosted. Another feature of the building is a system that allows operators to actually set up a stage behind the scenes while another event is going on.
Among its many roles, the Cedar Park Center will serve as the permanent home of the Texas Stars, an American Hockey League team affiliated with the NHL’s Dallas Stars. With the new facility, the arena may soon host other minor league teams, including some in basketball and football. Included in the facility are team and building management offices, retail space, 20 large luxury suites, four party suites and 545 club seats with a private club lounge. The arena is also specially equipped to host travelling shows, with dressing rooms and bus hookups.