|Former names||Paige Sports Arena (October–November 2004; three regular season games)|
|Location||One Champions Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
|Owner||University of Missouri|
|Operator||University of Missouri|
|Broke ground||September 21, 2002|
|Opened||October 13, 2004|
|Construction cost||$75 million
($93.6 million in 2015 dollars)
|Structural engineer||Walter P Moore|
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||J.E. Dunn Construction Group|
(Men's & Women's Basketball)
Mizzou Arena, known during construction and a short time in active use as Paige Sports 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 arena also serves as a concert venue or speaking venue for bigger named guests, such as Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and The Eagles. 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
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.
Men's basketball record at Mizzou 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|
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.
In September of 2014, the university announced renovations to the arena including a new video board, improvements to the facility's entryway and upgrades to the team's locker room coming from a $1.5 million donation. 
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There are other ideas floating about, too. A second basketball practice gym is a possibility. Mizzou Arena has just one practice court.
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