Mizzou Arena

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Mizzou Arena
Mizzouarena.jpg
Location One Champions Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
Broke ground September 21, 2002
Opened October 13, 2004[1]
Owner University of Missouri
Operator University of Missouri
Surface Hardwood
Construction cost $75 million
($93.6 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect CDFM2
Populous
Structural engineer Walter P Moore[3]
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.[4]
General contractor J.E. Dunn Construction Group[5]
Capacity 15,061 (2004–present)
Tenants
Missouri Tigers
(Men's & Women's Basketball)

Mizzou Arena is an indoor arena located on the south side of the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. The facility, home to the school's men's and women's basketball teams, opened in November 2004 and replaced the Hearnes Center as the school's main indoor sports facility. The arched-roof building seats 15,061, and is located just south of Hearnes and Memorial Stadium. The arena is host to Missouri State High School Activities Association championships for basketball and wrestling.

About the arena[edit]

Mizzou Arena from the Northwest side in 2014

Mizzou Arena is double-decked on three sides the sidelines and the east baseline and has a single large bleacher section on the west end for student groups (such as the main "Zou Crew", Student Athletic Board, and the stand, as well as Mini Mizzou (basketball band). Seats in the south stand, lower level are fully cushioned theatre-style seats and are sold to the members of the Tiger Scholarship Fund club, the main fund-raising arm for the athletic department. There are around 35 private boxes between the lower and upper levels, offering full food and drink service, televisions and other comforts. The club level has a private bar called The Clinton Club. The Stalcup Room, named for former Tigers coach and athletic director Wilbur "Sparky" Stalcup is a meeting room on the main concourse. The arena has a wider variety of both concession stands and food choices than Hearnes did, and has a large Tiger Team Store outlet.

Mizzou Arena also includes offices for the Men’s and Women’s basketball programs, the Athletic Administration and Mizzou Arena’s Building Operations. For the basketball programs the arena also offers locker rooms, a 24-hour practice gym, weight and training facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, video classrooms with audio and video editing capabilities, and an academic study center.

Missouri basketball coach from 1967–99, Norm Stewart, is the namesake of the arena's playing court.[6]

Men's basketball record at Mizzou Arena[edit]

Interior of arena
Year Conference record Record overall Winning percentage Head coach Conference
2004–05 6–2 14–4 .778 Quin Snyder Big 12
2005–06 4–4 11–5 .688 Quin Snyder Big 12
2006–07 4–4 15–4 .789 Mike Anderson Big 12
2007–08 4–4 13–4 .765 Mike Anderson Big 12
2008–09 8–0 18–0 1.000 Mike Anderson Big 12
2009–10 6–2 16–2 .889 Mike Anderson Big 12
2010–11 7–1 17–1 .944 Mike Anderson Big 12
2011–12 8–1 16–1 .938 Frank Haith Big 12
2012–13 9–0 17–0 1.000 Frank Haith SEC
2013–14 7–2 15–2 .882 Frank Haith SEC
Totals 63–20 152–23 .869

History[edit]

A third of the arena's $75 million cost was bequeathed by Walmart heir Nancy Walton Laurie and her husband Bill Laurie, then owners of the NHL's St. Louis Blues, with the naming rights given to them, which they used to name the arena for their daughter, Elizabeth Paige Laurie, who did not attend the school and was actually enrolled at the University of Southern California. However, after it was revealed shortly after the 2004–05 basketball season's start that Paige Laurie paid her USC roommate to do much of her homework for her even after the roommate left the university due to financial issues, the deal was further criticized beyond her not being an alumna of the University of Missouri. The Lauries gave up the naming rights on November 23, 2004 to the university, which then renamed the arena to the university's common nickname, "Mizzou" and removed all mentions of Elizabeth Paige Laurie from the venue outside of the bare minimum required to mention the Lauries' gift.[7][8][9][10]

The name of the arena's playing surface, Norm Stewart Court, was carried over from the basketball team's previous home at the Hearnes Center with the arena's opening in 2004.[6]

Reflecting an SEC-wide trend, attendance at men's basketball games has dropped. With one conference game left to play in 2014, attendance was on track to be at its lowest since the 2007–08 season.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mizzou Athletics to Hold Series of Open Houses at Paige Sports Arena". Missouri Athletics. October 8, 2004. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Mizzou Arena". Walter P Moore. Archived from the original on March 11, 2006. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "College Arenas". M-E Engineers, Inc. Archived from the original on January 13, 2008. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ Broughton, David (November 22, 2004). "Show Me Money: Missouri Arena Delivers Revenue". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Mizzou Athletics (7 March 2004). "New Arena Floor Named for Norm Stewart". Mizzou Athletics. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lauries transfer arena naming rights back to Missouri U.". St. Louis Business Journal. 23 November 2004. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Simon, Stephanie (25 November 2004). "Benefactors find scandal gave new arena a bad name". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Univ. of Missouri Board approves new arena name". St. Louis Business Journal. 26 November 2004. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Martin, Sheena (10 December 2004). "Paige Sports Arena signs removed from eBay". The Maneater (Independent University of Missouri student publication). Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Joens, Philip (7 March 2014). "Mizzou Arena attendance down sharply for men’s basketball in 2014". KBIA Sports. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Morrison, David (1 March 2014). "Missouri basketball attendance takes a drastic dip". Columbia Daily Tribune. Retrieved 29 June 2014. "Missouri is not alone. The Tigers are one of seven SEC teams who have seen their attendance figures fall overall this season and eight who have seen a drop in conference play." 

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