United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas is the home of the Texas Tech men’s basketball team, women’s basketball team, and women’s volleyball team. The arena seats 15,098 and costs $62.775 million to build in 1999.
United Supermarkets Arena features a Spanish Renaissance-inspired exterior, which was designed by architects Rosser International and Joe D. Mckay AIA Architects. The arena’s defining characteristic is the eight-story tall Victory Tower.
Since the Red Raiders first game against the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 1999, United Supermarkets Arena has been the site of many notable events. On January 1, 2007, Red Raiders coach Bob Knight became the winningest coach in college basketball history when the Red Raiders defeated the New Mexico Lobos 70-68. A little over seven years later Texas Tech set the record for Big 12 student attendance when they took on Kansas State on February 25, 2014. United Supermarkets Arena also hosted NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball First and Second Round games in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, and 2013. The arena has also been the site of many concerts over the years featuring acts such as Elton John, Britney Spears, and Taylor Swift.