The University of Jamestown competes in 14 sports with half of their students participating in at least one sport. The University needed a new facility that would benefit their sports programs and be used by the community as an event center. Led by the Newman family's donation to honor their father's legacy, construction on a new $15 million arena began.
The new facility is home to the University of Jamestown men's and women's basketball teams and the women's volleyball team. The arena features a full-sized basketball and volleyball court with retractable bleachers on both sides of the court to allow for more gym floor space and the option of either two basketball courts or three volleyball courts. This flexibility makes the building ideal for sports camps and intramural sports. The arena features eight locker rooms, seating for 2,000, a large laundry room for the athletic program, two concessions areas, training rooms, storage, and a retail store. The arena also includes a community room for University of Jamestown boosters and small group meetings. This room features a sliding divider wall that can open to the adjacent banquet room and create more space if needed for larger events.
One of the most unique features of the building is the Victory Tower. The Victory Tower is a bell tower that is symbolically rung after every Jimmie win in the Harold Newman Arena. The bell is used to attract current students to attend games and has created a new tradition for the University of Jamestown to rally around.
The project also included renovations to the existing football and soccer locker rooms and a new athletic training room that features two hydro-therapy pools.