Chadron State College Chicoine Events Center

Chadron, Nebraska

Envisioned as an arena that would bring Division-I energy to Division-II Chadron State College, the Chicoine Events Center balances intimacy and performance. Pulling tricks from the pro-arena playbook, the arena uses a top-loading design to bring fans closer to the court for a dynamic, high-energy experience.

In a collaborative design process, LEO A DALY transformed Chadron State College’s 1964 basketball gym and natatorium into an arena they call “the nicest building in our conference.” The disused natatorium has been re-purposed into a cutting-edge training complex that overlooks Chadron’s football stadium. A new entry courtyard serves as a gathering place for pre-game events at both the football stadium and basketball arena. Sports medicine facilities, a world-class locker room, and administrative offices round out this “game-changing” facility.


Nebraska State College System

At a glance

110,000 GSF (10,200 GSM)


Locker rooms

Athletic training and sports medicine center

Weight/strength training center

Multi-use sports arena



Construction administration

Interior design

Mechanical, civil, and electrical design

Project management

Architectural Design

This is the nicest building in the conference, but I’m prejudiced! I really do think it is as far as its intimacy, and how well it works, and the things it provides our department, I really don’t think there’s another building comparable in our conference.

Joel R. Smith

Athletic Director, Chadron State College , Chadron, Nebraska