The University Center was opened in 2005 and vaulted Mercer to a position among not only the best, but most efficient, facilities for any university of its size. The beautiful facility provides not only a premiere venue for athletics competition, but also a centerpiece for Mercer's vibrant campus life.
In the spring of 2012, the 3,200 seat main arena was renamed Hawkins Arena in response to a $1 million dollar donation by Macon cardiologist Dr. Chuck Hawkins and his wife, Kathy. Hawkins Arena is home to the Bears' men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball teams - is comprised of three main levels. The Bottom Level is home for Mercer's Athletics Department offices and meeting rooms. The Lower Level (arena floor level) is where you will find team and locker rooms for each of the Bears' programs, visiting team and officials locker areas, sports medicine offices and athletics training facilities, as well as the aquatics area. The Upper Level houses the ticket office, Board of Trustees meeting room, President's Dining Room, Bear Market (souvenir stand) and the Mercer Hall of Fame & Athletics Heritage displays (in the main foyer).
Adjacent to the arena via the Upper Level is the Food Court (featuring several well-known food chains) and solarium-style eating and congregation area, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the main pool. This level also houses the weight room & exercise room, fitness center, offices for the UC, as well as offices for Recreation Sports and Wellness.
An elevated running track and intramural basketball courts complete the footprint of the UC and demonstrates why it is a focal point of so many on the Mercer campus!