Monday, June 22, 2015

Northern Kentucky's Arena Has a New Name

Northern Kentucky's basketball arena will no longer be named The Bank of Kentucky Center. 

The arena will now be known as BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University.

Here is a release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky's only collegiate sports and entertainment venue has a new name: BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University, NKU announced today.

"On behalf of our campus community, I am pleased to welcome BB&T to Northern Kentucky University," said NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns. "BB&T Arena will continue to be an excellent home for our Division I athletics programs, and also a convening spot for our entire region."

The 9,400-seat venue opened in 2008 as The Bank of Kentucky Center, named for the Crestview Hills-based firm that helped construct the arena.

BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT), the North Carolina-based financial services firm, has acquired the bank and its assets in a transaction completed on Friday.

"We are pleased that BB&T shares the same strong commitment to the communities it serves and we look forward to continuing our long partnership with Northern Kentucky University," said Andy Hawking, president of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region for BB&T.

Owned by NKU, BB&T Arena is home to the NKU Norse men's and women's basketball teams. The programs have a new home, and also a new conference: on July 1, NKU will join the Horizon League, whose nine other members are all located within 300 miles of the university.

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