ALFRED, NY, October 15, 2021 – An expansive and new multi-purpose gaming arena called “The Underground” opened recently and is already a favorite hangout for Alfred State College (ASC) student gamers.
“The Underground,” located on the lower floor of Pioneer Center, features nine 75” widescreen televisions. A variety of gaming consoles and comfortable seating options are available for students. The arena is enhanced by a performance stage, convenient kitchenette, and ample table space for board games. It is primarily a gaming arena but will also be a great venue for televised sports, comedy shows, and educational events.
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Spencer Peavey is enthusiastic about opening the new space and looks forward to many exciting student-centered activities. “This space allows our students, who have been gaming in their rooms, to gather here and enjoy an amazing experience together. The arena is available for a variety of events, and I can’t wait to see the scope and creativity of activities that will be held here.”
Student club Games Nation President Alexandria Indovina echoed Peavey’s comments. “Alfred is our second home, and this space will be our third home. It provides a comfortable and safe space for myself and my fellow members.”
“There were a lot of people who pitched-in and made this concept a reality”, commented Director of Student Engagement Cody Herman. “We are thankful for our colleagues and students who supported this effort.”
At the grand opening event, Games Nation collaborated with the Alagille Syndrome Alliance (ALGSA) and hosted a Retro Gaming Night. To commemorate the grand opening, Games Nation is selling Tetris themed shirts with proceeds donated to ALGSA.
The Alagille Syndrome Alliance (www.alagille.org) is an international support and advocacy network for people with ALGSA and their families. Alagille syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that can affect multiple organ systems of the body including the liver, heart, skeleton, eyes, and kidneys.
“The Underground” is open weekdays for student use. Tournaments are hosted on weekends. More information is available online for the ASC student club.