The University of Arizona women’s gymnastics team is one of four Wildcat athletic programs which hosts home competitions in McKale Memorial Center, along with women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball. While most known as the home arena for one of the nation’s elite men’s basketball programs,
Named after the late J.F. "Pop" McKale, athletic director and coach from 1914 to 1957, the facility is just part of a series of showcase athletic facilities located on the extreme eastern edge of campus. It is situated off the UA mall, adjacent to Arizona Stadium, baseball's Sancet Field and the
The seating capacity has fluctuated through the 27 years of the buildings existence. McKale opened in 1973 with a capacity of 13,658, but the installation of chair-back seating in 1984 reduced that figure to 13,316. Elimination of all bleacher seating dropped the level to 13,124 in 1986 before additional seats were added in the period from 1988 to 2000 that pushed capacity to its current 14,545. The largest crowd in McKale history was the 15,176 who watched
Since its initial construction at a cost of $8.1 million in 1973,
McKale's reputation has attracted several major national sports events. It was the site for the NCAA Wrestling West Regionals in 1974 and 1980, and hosted the NCAA Wrestling Championships in 1976. More recently, McKale was a site for NCAA first and second round basketball action in 1979, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2000 and 2005. In addition, the USA Basketball Team trained in the arena prior to capturing the 1986 World Championships, and
The facility is 428 feet long, 339 feet wide and 77 feet from the floor to parapet, and houses the entire off-field operations of the University's athletic department, as well as an exercise sciences lab and a suite of 20-plus office labs for the Optical Sciences department. With three levels that consist of equipment rooms, a training and rehabilitation center, locker rooms, storage areas, ticket operations, academic services, computer lab facilities and administrative offices, McKale Center is the primary gathering place for all of UA athletics.
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