On January 16, 1998, Pioneer Arena at the Niswonger Student Commons opened its doors and has served as the home of Tusculum College volleyball and basketball for the past 11 years.
The $10 million, 2,000-seat Pioneer Arena is part of the Scott M. Niswonger Student Commons, which also houses the Alumni Weight Room. The facility encompasses an athletic training and treatment center, swimming pool, team locker rooms, as well as a complete renovation of Pioneer Gymnasium, which served as the home of Tusculum volleyball from 1982-97.
Pioneer Arena’s playing surface experienced a makeover in 2007 and is spacious enough for two volleyball and basketball courts.
Pioneer Arena has hosted several events including the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament from 2000-02 and will host the event again this year (2009). The facility has hosted numerous quarterfinal round games of the South Atlantic Conference Basketball Tournament as well as the Tennessee High School basketball postseason tournaments, concerts and other community functions. The College’s commencement ceremonies are also held in Pioneer Arena each December and May.
The 1,000-square foot Alumni Weight Room features free weights and nautilus equipment, as well as treadmills, exercise bikes and conditioning equipment. The installation of flat-screen, HD televisions were installed in 2008.