Worthen Arena

John E. Worthen Arena is an arena on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, United States. The arena opened in 1992 and replaced Irving Gymnasium. Originally named Ball State Arena or University Arena, it was renamed Worthen Arena in honor of the former university president, John E. Worthen. The arena mainly serves as home to four Ball State Cardinals athletic teams: men's and women's basketball and men's and women's volleyball. The seating capacity is listed at 11,500 people and cost $8 million to build.

John E. Worthen Arena
Location1699 W. Bethel Avenue
Muncie, Indiana 47306
Coordinates40°12′25″N 85°24′22″W
OwnerBall State University
OperatorBall State University
ArchitectBrowning Day Mullins Dierdorf[1]
Ball State Cardinals (NCAA)
Men's basketball (1992–present)
Women's basketball (1992–present)
Men's volleyball (1992–present)
Women's volleyball (1992–present)

Worthen Arena is also the site of other events, including concerts (seating capacity 11,500 end-stage, 8,800 270 degree end-stage, 7,200 180-degree end-stage, and 5,500 half-house), trade shows (18,700 square feet of space on the arena floor) and other special events. It features eight permanent and six portable concession stands, two permanent souvenir stands, a press room, two loading docks, and an arena lounge. It stands between 95 and 120 feet from the floor to the ceiling.


In 2015, a new Daktronics six-panel video board was installed above center court, as well as new scoreboards in the corners of the court. The upgrades were capped off with an upgraded court.

See also


  1. John E. Worthen Arena architect: Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf
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