Northern Kentucky University / BB&T Arena


Location: Highland Heights, Kentucky

Size: 245,000 SF New Construction
Program Elements:
10,000-Seat Arena, Private Suites, Party Suites, Athletic Department Offices, Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms, Athlete Training, Academic Supports, Conference/Meeting Rooms.
Sustainable Features:
High efficiency systems, recyclable materials.


The BB&T Arena supports Northern Kentucky University, one of the nation’s fastest growing NCAA Division I schools. The 10,000-seat multi-use arena with intimate sight lines, is the home for NKU's Men's and Women's Basketball and Volleyball teams. The BB&T Arena hosts an average of 180 events annually, including home games, regional tournaments, concerts, family events, convocations, and lecture series. Full service commercial kitchen and bars can accommodate formal receptions, conferences, pre- and post-game buffets, and both the permanent and portable concession stands.

The strength of the NKU sports program is celebrated at the BB&T Arena in the Athletics Hall of Fame. Other amenities include an eight-window ticket office, two rentable party decks, and ten private suites. Athletes can expect NBA quality accommodations in the locker rooms, strength training area, and an academic support facility.

GBBN collaborated with HOK Sport (360 Architecture) on this project.