The 8,600 seat Hank McCamish Pavilion is the home of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men’s and women’s basketball team. The arena cost $1.6 million to build in 1956 and was originally named Alexander Memorial Coliseum after former Georgia Tech football coach William A. Alexander. It was re-named Hank McCamish Pavilion after the McCamish family made a $15 million donation towards the arena’s 2011-12 renovation.
Since opening, Hank McCamish Pavilion has undergone several renovations. The first renovation in the arena’s history took place in 1986 and added 2,150 seats. A few years later 750 seats were added during a renovation that took place from 1989 to 1990. A little over five years later, the arena underwent another renovation in preparation for the 1996 Summer Olympics. This renovation lowered the court, added 12 luxury suites, and replaced most of the bench seating with chairback seating. Most recently, McCamish Pavilion underwent a $45 million upgrade that reconstructed the seating bowl, expanded the concourse, and added a balcony level and club seating sections.
In addition to hosting many Yellow Jackets basketball games over the years, Hank McCamish Pavilion has been the site of many other notable events. The arena served as the home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks from 1968 to 1972 and 1997 to 1999. It also hosted Olympic Boxing during the 1996 Olympics and was the site of the 2008 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament after a tornado struck the Georgia Dome. Hank McCamish Pavilion will also be the home of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.