The Buzz: Social media reaction to Ball State opening Shondell Practice Center

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The building named after the founder of college men’s volleyball in the Midwest is officially open.

Ball State held a dedication ceremony on Saturday to unveil the new Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center that will be located adjutant to Worthen Arena on the university’s campus in Muncie, Indiana.


Don Shondell started the Ball State men’s volleyball program in 1959 and became the second winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history before retiring in 1998. Among the numerous achievements for the Volleyball International Hame of Fame inductee included creating the MIVA, helping spearhead men’s volleyball to become a NCAA sanctioned sport and coaching Ball State to 20 MIVA championships.

The 19,000-square-foot facility named for Shondell was created specifically to house the Ball State volleyball and basketball teams’ practices. Along with multiple courts, the building features a tiered seating film room and two team meeting rooms.

Check out the Ball State and volleyball communities’ reaction on social media to the opening of the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center.