Topic: Athletics

July 18, 2018

Artist rendering of the Shondell Practice Center which is connected to Worthen Arena
The Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center was funded with private gifts through the Cardinal Commitment campaign.

Ball State University will hold a dedication ceremony for the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center on Saturday, July 21, at 2 p.m., and the campus community is invited. A reception and self-guided tours will immediately follow.

Adjacent to Worthen Arena between Gates 1 and 2, the new 19,000-square-foot facility provides a dedicated space for volleyball and basketball practices. The building includes:

Basketball and volleyball courts inside the Shondell Practice Center

The practice gymnasium has two NCAA-compliant basketball/volleyball courts.

  • a practice gymnasium with two NCAA-compliant basketball/volleyball courts
  • study room with 27 tiered seats for meetings and game film review training room
  • two meeting rooms overlooking the practice courts
  • the first standalone exterior electric car charging station on campus
  • translucent fiberglass materials instead of glass to let natural light in without the sun’s glare

Dr. Don Shondell, ’52 MA ’56, established a legacy almost unmatched by any other coach in men’s college volleyball history. The founder of Ball State volleyball, Dr. Shondell started the club team in 1959, which became a varsity sport in 1963. As varsity coach, he posted a career record of 769-280-6—the second most wins in NCAA men’s volleyball history and the most wins by a Ball State coach in any sport. Dr. Shondell was among the first college coaches inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Parking is available in the Worthen Arena parking lots. Please enter at the Lower Level Gate 1 entrance by the Stoops Buick/GMC Ticket Center.

The center is part of Ball State’s $20 million Cardinal Commitment campaign.