Facilities and Directions
Hawkins Arena was originally opened in 2005 as The University Center and immediately vaulted Mercer to a position among not only the best, but most efficient facilities for any university of its size. The arena facility not only provides a premiere venue for athletics competition -- basketball and volleyball -- but as serves as a centerpiece for Mercer's vibrant campus life.
The 3,200-seat main arena was renamed Hawkins Arena in the spring of 2012 in response to a $1 million donation by Macon cardiologist, Dr. Chuck Hawkins, and his wife, Kathy. Hawkins Arena is home to Mercer's men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball teams.
Hawkins Arena served as host to the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Atlantic Sun Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments.
The facility is comprised of three main floor levels. The bottom level is home to Mercer's Athletics Department offices and conference rooms. The lower level (arena floor level) houses team/locker rooms for each of Mercer's varsity programs, visiting team and officials locker areas, sports medicine offices and athletics training facilities, as well as an aquatics area. The upper level includes Mercer's ticket office, Board of Trustees meeting room, the President's Dining Room, Bear Market and Heritage Hall.
Adjacent to the arena via the upper level of the facility is a food court and solarium-style eating and congregation area, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool, weight room and exercise rooms, a fitness center, offices for University Center employees and offices for Recreation Sports and Wellness.