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JQH Arena opens to acclaim

Big crowds for men’s and women’s basketball games tested the arena — and it passed.
Missouri State officials were pleased with the performance of JQH Arena, which opened this past weekend with a sellout crowd for the men’s basketball game and a crowd of 5,500 for the women’s home opener.

There were no major glitches: a restroom plumbing issue forced its closure and the sellout crowd crammed one exit after the game. But the big-big items in place, such as the scoreboard/graphics system, worked flawlessly.

"We had tons of success," Randy Blackwood, executive director of athletics and entertainment facilities at MSU, told the News-Leader. "We were, as a whole, tickled to death."