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Jan 22, 2015 12:52 PM EST

FSW Partners With Suncoast Credit Union to Build New Arena


Florida Southwestern State College (FSW) is partnering with Suncoast Credit Union to build the Suncoast Credit Union Arena.

Construction of the new arena, which will be located on the college campus, will being this summer with an estimated completion by fall 2016. It will be approximately 75,000 square feet and will host the university's Buccaneers' basketball and volleyball teams and a student athletic center, Wink News reported.

"When you bring two, established institutions together with a common vision that benefits the community, everyone wins," Dr. Jeff Allbritten, President of FSW, told Wink News. "Suncoast Credit Union is an exceptional company led by individuals who are passionate about not only providing excellent service to their clients, but also investing in the community. Their belief in Southwest Florida means that we can now begin construction of our Suncoast Credit Union Arena, which will stand proudly on the corner of Summerlin Road and Cypress Lake Drive on our Fort Myers campus."

The Suncoast Credit Union Arena will seat approximately 3,300 fans and include six skyboxes, a hospitality event center, competition courts that convert into recreational courts, athletic office space and staff, and faculty and student wellness centers.

There are also plans to host concerts and local, regional and national events.

"For decades, FSW has offered educational opportunities and career paths for thousands of students, many who stay in this region to work, raise families and give back," said Tom Dorety, President & CEO, Suncoast Credit Union. "Education is a key component of that. Our partnership with FSW is much more than having our name on the arena. We will be working together to offer scholarships, plus educational and internship opportunities that lead to solid careers."

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