The 3 main sections of F&M Bank Arena are concentrated in downtown Clarksville


By March 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.

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.

Looking west over the secondary arena, or permanent section of the ice cap, during a Clarksville Leadership Tour of the F&M Bank Arena on March 3, 2022. (Chris Smith)

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.

Looking north inside the all-court basketball practice section during a Clarksville Leadership Tour of the F&M Bank Arena on March 3, 2022. (Chris Smith)

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.


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