ByMarch 9, 2022 4:47 p.m.
CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – The F&M Bank Arena in downtown Clarksville continues to evolve, and the size and shape of the facility’s three main structures are becoming clear.
The facility’s main arena will be a flexible event space that can host hockey or basketball games, concerts, banquets, conventions, trade shows and other events. It will accommodate around 6,000 fans for concerts, or 5,500 for basketball games and 5,000 for hockey.
Jordan Wyman of the Commonwealth Development Group speaks to visitors during a tour of Leadership Clarksville at the F&M Bank Arena on March 3, 2022. (Chris Smith)
Looking south across the main arena during a Clarksville Leadership Tour of the F&M Bank Arena on March 3, 2022. (Chris Smith)
Looking west across the Main Arena floor from the Second Street side during a Clarksville Leadership tour of the F&M Bank Arena on March 3, 2022. (Chris Smith)
Looking east on the Main Arena from the First Street side during a Clarksville Leadership Tour of the F&M Bank Arena on March 3, 2022. (Chris Smith)
Looking at the entrance to Second Street and Main Street during a Clarksville Leadership Tour of the F&M Bank Arena on March 3, 2022. (Chris Smith)
View of the entrance from the corner of College Street and Second Street during a tour by Leadership Clarksville of the F&M Bank Arena on March 3, 2022. (Chris Smith)
Reservations for events at the arena will be handled by Sabertooth Sports & Entertainment, part of the Nashville Predators group. Earlier this year, Kylie Wilkerson was appointed by SS&E as the first managing director of F&M Bank Arena.
A secondary space will consist of a permanent “community” rink that will be used for youth and adult hockey leagues as well as figure skating.
The third space will be a large, all-court practice space for Austin Peay State University men’s and women’s basketball. Coaches’ offices will have windows overlooking the training ground, so they can watch the players at work. The facility also includes lockers and training rooms for the programs.
Originally scheduled to open in the fall of 2022, the grand opening of the F&M Bank Arena was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its opening to the public is now scheduled for early 2023.