History

The McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona is the home of the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team. The 14,700 seat arena opened in 1973 is named after J.F. “Pope” McKale, who served as the coach of all Arizona athletic teams at one point and is most notable for compiling a 49-12 record as the head basketball coach.

Over the years, the McKale Center has undergone several renovations. In 2002, the-state-of-the-art Eddie Lynch Athletics Pavilion was added to the north end of the McKale Center. The pavilion is home to the athletic department’s strength and conditioning facility, medical facility, and a Wildcats athletics history museum. Most recently, the McKale Center has undergone an $80 million renovation from 2014 to 2017. The renovation added a new HD video scoreboard at center court, new seating, a new floor, and improved the locker rooms.

In addition to being the home of the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team, the McKale Center has hosted many other events since opening. The arena hosted the 1988 Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Tournament and was the site of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games in 1974, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005, and 2011. The McKale Center also hosted a memorial for the 2011 Tucson shooting victims featuring Former President Obama on January 12, 2011.

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