Liberty University announced the Vines Center will receive a new roof in conjunction with the Liberty Arena project this summer, late Wednesday night.

Construction of the 4,000 seat Liberty Arena is currently ongoing with much of the steel in place. The new arena will be attached to the Vines Center and located between the Vines and Demoss Center. Additionally, the silver dome roof on the Vines Center will also be replaced with construction starting as early as this spring and expected to be completed on schedule with the completion of the Liberty Arena in the fall.

“The existing roof has lasted us 30 years, but has had leaking problems recently,” Liberty President Jerry Falwell said in the school’s release. “When we evaluated the cost of trying to make repairs versus the cost of an entirely new roof, we could get the best value long term if we replaced it. It will match the aesthetics of our new campus structures and give us much better acoustics.”

Liberty Arena’s progress remains on schedule as the men’s and women’s basketball teams as wella s the women’s volleyball team should be able to use it for their 2020-21 seasons. The basketball teams are expected to continue to utilize the locker rooms in the Vines Center, but new locker rooms will be housed in the new Arena for the volleyball program.

The arena will also have an entrance from the Academic Lawn. Students and guests who will be attending events inside the new arena will also be able to make use of a new parking garage currently under construction across U.S 460 and planned in coordination with the arena’s opening.

*Photos provided by Liberty University