MTSU to Officially Open New Student Union Building Sept. 19

President Sidney A. McPhee and Middle Tennessee State University are extending an invitation to the public to attend the ribbon cutting and official opening of the Student Union Building.

It will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, outside the main entrance with the revolving door and faces west toward the courtyard and College of Education Building. In the event of rain, the event will move inside to the ballroom.

The public is welcome to visit the nearly 211,000-square-foot facility, which cost nearly $65 million. Tours will be conducted after the ribbon cutting.

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Since the building opened Aug. 24, the 840-seat ballroom has been completely furnished, as have the game room, 95-seat theater and Blue Raider Grill restaurant.

Also, the Centennial history bands are ready. They are engraved with the names of past Student Government Association presidents and include university history.

In addition to McPhee, others making remarks will include Dr. Deb Sells, vice president for the Division of Student Affairs and vice provost for enrollment and Academic Services; and Coby Sherlock, Student Government Association president. John Hood, director of government and community affairs, will server as master of ceremonies.

Parking will be available in a lot north of the Student Union Building next to Blue Raider Drive and near Greenland Drive.