When McKale Memorial Center opened in 1973, it kickstarted a new generation of Wildcat basketball. Suddenly, over 11,000 fans flocked to the center, rooting on their favorite local team. It’s remained the envy of athletic facilities around the nation, nestled close to the UA mall and next to the Arizona Stadium. Today, you’ll find the complete Wildcat athletic department—excepting football—at McKale along with a legendary Hall of Champions.
In 2000, the McKale Center floor was named “Lute Olson Court” in honor of the UA head coach. One year later, it was again renamed the “Lute and Bobbi Olson Court” as part of a memorial ceremony for Olson’s late wife, Bobbi. There are a lot of memories at McKale center, and it’s proven to be a landmark site in Tucson.
The “Center” of It All
Sell-out crowds are the norm for games held at the McKale center, which is why the seating capacity has grown over the past four decades. What started as a center that seated 13,658 has grown to a capacity of 15,176. Major national sports events are held at the center, including the NCAA Wrestling West Regionals, NCAA first and second rounds, and USA Basketball Team training for the World Championships.
Most UA games are held at the center, and visitors can reserve their tickets online, check out the upcoming schedule, and learn more about this legendary facility.