Knapp Center

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Knapp Center
The Knapp Center.JPG
Location 2601 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311 U.S.
Owner Drake University
Operator Drake University
Capacity 7,152
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Broke ground 1990
Opened December 1, 1992
Construction cost $12.5 million
($21 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect RDG Planning & Design
General contractor BCS Construction Services
Tenants
Drake Bulldogs (NCAA) (1992–present)

The Knapp Center is a 7,152-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. It was built in 1992, and is the home of the Drake Bulldogs. The first Drake Bulldogs basketball game was played on December 5, 1992.

The namesake of the arena comes from William Knapp, who is the chairman of Iowa Realty and a member of the Drake University Board of Trustees. He played a key role in financing the arena with $3 million gift towards construction.[2]

After receiving a donation from Hy-Vee, the court was named in honor of Drake alum and former Hy-Vee CEO Ron Pearson as "Ron Pearson Court" on September 18, 2010.[2]

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  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b 2011-12 Drake Men's Basketball Yearbook

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Coordinates: 41°36′16″N 93°39′7″W / 41.60444°N 93.65194°W / 41.60444; -93.65194