G. B. Hodge Center

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G. B. Hodge Center
Coordinates 34°59′48″N 81°58′08″W / 34.996696°N 81.968774°W / 34.996696; -81.968774Coordinates: 34°59′48″N 81°58′08″W / 34.996696°N 81.968774°W / 34.996696; -81.968774
Owner University of South Carolina Upstate
Operator University of South Carolina Upstate
Capacity 818
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Broke ground February 14, 1972[1]
Opened January 10, 1973[3]
Renovated 2000, 2010
Construction cost $1 million[1]
($5.31 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Lockwood, Greene & Co.[1]
General contractor Threatt–Maxwell Construction Company[1]
Tenants
USC Upstate Spartans

G. B. Hodge Center is an 818-seat multi-purpose arena in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It is home to the University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans basketball team. It was opened in 1973.

The Hodge Center is the smallest arena in Division I men's basketball.

Renovations[edit]

In October 2009, it was announced that the G. B. Hodge Center would undergo a large renovation thanks to the $4 million donation from alumnus Dolores Anderson. Anderson is a longtime fan of the University of South Carolina Upstate basketball team, particularly the men's team. She is the former co owner of Anderson Hardwood Company. This gift is the largest donation to the university athletic department and second largest ever to the university. Plans for the new arena include brand new floors, lighting, scoreboards, locker rooms, and seating. The university believes that the new renovation will help move into a second renovation later that would create a new entrance and new athletic department offices.[4]

The newly renovated facility was dedicated on December 5, 2010 against East Tennessee State.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Gov. John West to Visit USC-S for Groundbreaking Ceremonies". The Carolinian (University of South Carolina at Spartanburg). February 8, 1972. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Rifles Open the Hodge, 1973". University of South Carolina Upstate Athletics. May 28, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "USC Upstate Announces $4 Million Gift For Hodge Center Renovation". University of South Carolina Upstate Athletics. October 14, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ Rothschild, Will (December 5, 2010). "Spartans Dedicate Hodge Upgrade, Honor Donor". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 

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