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The Story Arena is a multipurpose, covered arena located on US 82, west of the Mulerider Stables. The facility consists of a 78,000 square foot covered rodeo-style arena with a dirt floor and seating for approximately 1,400. There is also an adjacent 7,500 square foot reception area that sits in front of the arena. The reception area includes:
- Ticket booth
- Concession stand
- The office
- Meeting/conference room
- Men’s and women’s restrooms
- A grilling porch
About the Story Arena
The construction of the rodeo arena was a part of the Blue and Gold Vision, the University’s first capital campaign to raise more than $100 million. The arena itself was made possible by the generous $2 million gift from Magnolia residents Therral and Jan Story, the largest single-donor gift in SAU’s long history.
The arena is home to Southern Arkansas University’s nationally competitive collegiate rode team, providing a place where members can practice rain or shine, as well as providing the opportunity for the SAU rodeo team to host annual rodeo events.