|Senator Nat G. Kiefer University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena|
|Full name||Senator Nat G. Kiefer University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena|
|Former names||University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena (1983-1987)|
|Location||6801 Franklin Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122-5707
|Owner||University of New Orleans|
|Operator||University of New Orleans|
|Website||Lakefront Arena Website|
|New Orleans Privateers men's basketball
New Orleans Privateers women's basketball
New Orleans Privateers volleyball (2008-2011)
The Senator Nat G. Kiefer University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena (commonly Lakefront Arena or UNO Lakefront Arena) is an 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena, in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was built in 1983 and is named in honor of Nat G. Kiefer, the late state senator who aided UNO’s efforts to obtain state funding for the building. It is part of the university's East Campus, where most of the school's athletic facilities are located.
The arena is home to the University of New Orleans Privateers men's and women's basketball teams. From 2008-2011, the arena along with the Human Performance Center were the home venues for the New Orleans Privateers volleyball team. In 1991, the arena hosted the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament, where the University of Tennessee beat the University of Virginia for their third national title, as well as the 2002 Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball tournament. It is also notable for hosting Larry Bird's career-high of 60 points on March 12, 1985, against the Atlanta Hawks, who were hosting a series of special "home" games in New Orleans during the 1984-1985 season. The Harlem Globetrotters have played at the arena and UFC 27 was held at the arena in September 2000.
The UNO Aquatic Center is located in the arena and on the arena grounds. It has hosted many national and state events including Sugar Bowl Swimming meets, AAU National Championships, LHSAA State meets, Syncro National competition, and hosted the 2010 Short Course and Long Course state meets.
The arena also hosts graduations and concerts, such as Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, NE-YO, Nas, Carrie Underwood, Mötley Crüe, 311, 3 Doors Down, Slipknot, Eric Church, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Daughtry and the Zac Brown Band. Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour on June 26, 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Events held at the arena have included Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live, WWE and So You Think You Can Dance: The Tour. Comedians such as Katt Williams, Bill Cosby and Robin Williams have performed at the venue.
Large festivals, including Lollapalooza and Steel Pony Express have also been held on the grounds.
In August 2005, as a result of massive damages sustained during Hurricane Katrina, the building closed for substantial repairs and renovations for nearly three years. During this time, the school's men's and women's basketball teams played their home games in their former home, the Human Performance Center (or "The Chamber of Horrors" as it grew to be known during the late '70s and early '80s).
The arena held its grand re-opening May 2, 2008. Disney's "High School Musical: The Ice Tour" was the first show to perform.
The arena celebrated its 25th Anniversary on November 1, 2008.
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