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Holmes Convocation Center turns 10
BOONE—The Holmes Convocation Center at Appalachian State University began its 10th year of operation this fall. It is named for the late George M. Holmes who graduated from Appalachian in 1954 and served in the N.C. House of Representatives for 32 years.
The multipurpose facility was designed to house the Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science, and provide a multipurpose arena for community and cultural events, graduation and convocation ceremonies, trade shows, concerts, conventions and athletic events.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the center was held Sept. 6, 2000.
Here are highlights from the facility’s conception to its range of use during the past decade.
- 1989 – Concept devised for a multipurpose arena to serve academics, athletics and cultural events
- 1994 – N.C. General Assembly appropriates $9.75 million for the project
- 1995 and 1997 – N.C. General Assembly appropriates additional $36.8 million for the project
- Dec. 5, 1997 – Groundbreaking ceremony held for the convocation center. Building plans include academic space for the Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science, and
- multipurpose arena for academic and sporting events, concerts, exhibits, tradeshows and other activities of regional interest.
- March 1998 – Convocation center named for George M. Holmes
- Sept. 6, 2000 – Ribbon cutting ceremony for the George M. Holmes Convocation Center
- Nov. 17, 2000 – First event, men’s basketball vs. UNC Tarheels
In its first 10 years, the Holmes Convocation Center has hosted:
- Appalachian’s Convocation and graduation activities
- Watauga High School graduations
- High Country Home Show
- Appalachian Staff Appreciation events
- Concerts by Nickel Creek, Edwin McCain, Dave Matthews, Black Eyed Peas, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and others
- Basketball and volleyball events
- Performances by the Lipizzaner Stallions, Sterling and Reid Brothers Circus, Harlem Globetrotters
- High Country Youth Fest, Cheap Joe’s Art Expo, Boone/Blowing Rock Antique Show, Rotary Career Day