The Lawson Center is primarily an educational facility. It houses four basketball/ volleyball courts on the arena floor, several classrooms, a computer lab, a human performance laboratory, a hydrotherapy room with Swimex theraputic pool and sports training area, and the 3,000 square foot HPER fitness center. It also hosts faculty and department offices.
The Lawson Center hosts FAMU Convocations and Commencement Exercises. It is also the home of the Rattler Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams and the Volleyball home games. The main arena area features bleacher seating for 8,470 people, a video scoreboard, and a first-class arena sound system.
Other facility features include an 80-person banquet room overlooking the arena, a dance studio with spring floor, meeting rooms, interview rooms and classrooms that may be converted into sky boxes.
When not in use for instructional or athletic purposes, the Lawson Center is made available for other events. Concerts, entertainment events and athletic tournaments find a welcoming space under its arched roof.