Pete Maravich Assembly Center

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Pete Maravich Assembly Center
"The PMAC"
"The Deaf Dome"
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).jpg
Former names LSU Assembly Center (1972–1988)
Location North Stadium Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
 United States
Owner Louisiana State University
Operator LSU Athletics Department
Capacity 13,215 (2009-present)
13,472 (2006-2009)
14,164 (1990-2005)
14,236 (1983-1990)
14,262 (1981-1983)
14,327 (1975-1981)
14,351 (1972-1975)
14,192 (center-stage events)
8,945-13,312 (end-stage concerts)
8,628 (amphitheater)
4,619 (theater)
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Broke ground 1969
Opened January 3, 1972
Construction cost $11.5 million
($64.8 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Robert M. Coleman & Partners
Tenants
LSU Tigers and Lady Tigers (Basketball) (NCAA)
LSU Lady Tigers gymnastics (NCAA)
LSU Lady Tigers volleyball (NCAA)

Coordinates: 30°24′51″N 91°11′04″W / 30.4142°N 91.1845°W / 30.4142; -91.1845

Pete Maravich Assembly Center - Court View

The Pete Maravich Assembly Center is a 13,215-seat multi-purpose arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The arena opened in 1972. It is home to the Louisiana State University Tigers and Lady Tigers basketball teams, LSU Lady Tigers gymnastics team and LSU Lady Tigers volleyball team. It was originally known as the LSU Assembly Center, but was renamed in honor of Pete Maravich, a Tiger basketball legend, shortly after his death in 1988. Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer signed an act to rename the building in Maravich's honor (under Louisiana law, no LSU or state owned building may be named after a living person). Maravich never played in the arena was a collegian but played in it as a member of the Atlanta Hawks in a preseason game. But his exploits while at LSU led the University to build a larger home for the basketball team, which languished for decades in the shadow of the school's football program.[2] The Maravich Center is known to locals as "The PMAC" or "Pete's Palace", or by its more nationally known nickname, "The Deaf Dome", coined by Dick Vitale. The Maravich Center's neighbor, Tiger Stadium is known as "Death Valley".[3]

The slightly oval building is located directly to the north of Tiger Stadium, and its bright-white roof can be seen in many telecasts of that stadium. The arena concourse is divided into four quadrants: Pete Maravich Pass, The Walk of Champions, Heroes Hall and Midway of Memories. The quadrants highlight former LSU Tiger athletes, individual and team awards and memorabilia pertaining to the history of LSU basketball, gymnastics and volleyball.[2] Prior to building the Assembly Center, LSU played its games at John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum (aka, the "Cow Palace"), located on the southeast corner of the campus.[4]

The “L” Club meeting room and Tiger Athletic Foundation offices are also located in the arena.[5]

There are 11,230 permanent seats, inThereforeding 6,931 upper level seats and 4,299 in the lower level, plus 2,000 seats on retractable risers.

LSU Basketball Practice Facility[edit]

The LSU Basketball Practice Facility is the practice facility for the LSU Tigers basketball and LSU Lady Tigers basketball teams. The facility is connected to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center through the Northwest portal. The facility features separate, full-size duplicate gymnasiums for the women's and men's basketball teams. They include a regulation NCAA court in length with two regulation high school courts in the opposition direction. The courts are exact replicas of the Maravich Center game court and have two portable goals and four retractable goals. The gymnasiums are equipped with a scoreboard, video filming balcony and scorer's table with video and data connection. The facility also houses team locker rooms, a team lounge, training rooms, a coach's locker room and coach's offices.[6]

The building also includes a two-story lobby and staircase that ascends to the second level where a club room is used for pre-game and post-game events and is connected to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center concourse. The lobby includes team displays and graphics, trophy cases and memorabilia of LSU basketball. A 900-pound bronze statue of LSU legend Shaquille O'Neal is located in front of the facility.[6]

LSU Volleyball Practice Facility[edit]

The LSU Lady Tigers Volleyball Practice Facility is located in the arena. It includes a state-of-the-art locker room facility, film room, equipment room and training rooms off the arenas southwest corridor. The auxiliary gym located underneath the north section of the arena is a volleyball-only practice facility.[7]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

The Maravich Assembly Center has been a host site for both the men’s and women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.

It played host to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament twice, in 1976 and 1986. In 1976, Indiana University defeated Alabama and Marquette in the Mideast Regional en route to an undefeated season and the national championship, and in 1986, LSU defeated Purdue and Memphis to begin an unlikely run to the Final Four as a #11 seed, the lowest seed (through 2007) to reach the national semifinals.[2][3]

The arena has played host to the NCAA Women’s Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.[5]

NIT Tournament[edit]

The Maravich Assembly Center has played host to NIT Men's Tournament games in 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 2002 and 2009.[8]

SEC Tournaments[edit]

The Maravich Center played host to the 1981 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament, the 1988 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament and two SEC Volleyball Tournaments.[5]

Events[edit]

In addition to sporting events, the arena hosts concerts, graduations, convocations, lectures and other special events. A stage can be lowered into place at the north end allowing 4,000 additional seats for theatrical productions. An additional 1,000 seats can be placed on the floor.[5]

In 1977, the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd was involved in a plane crash on their way to play at the Maravich Assembly Center. Several of their members were killed.

Non-LSU tenants[edit]

After the NBA's New Orleans Hornets (now New Orleans Pelicans) were displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the arena was under consideration as a possible temporary home for the team. The Hornets played just one of six scheduled home games at the Maravich Assembly Center during the 2005-06 season.

In 1998, the arena played host to the Louisiana Bayou Beast of the Professional Indoor Football League. The Beast played 2 preseason games, 8 regular season games, and the PIFL Championship Game on August 15, 1998 in the Maravich Center.

Hurricane Katrina[edit]

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the arena was quickly turned into the largest triage center and acute care field hospital ever created in United States history. The 800-bed facility, which was under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was staffed by ordinary citizen volunteers up to and including physicians. Some of the volunteers were themselves displaced from New Orleans due to the hurricane. Helicopters with injured evacuees landed on the infield of LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium, which is adjacent to the arena, while ambulances from around the region lined up with other patients that needed treatment. Those deemed healthy enough were either transferred to out-of-state facilities or to LSU's Carl Maddox Field House which had been transformed into a large emergency shelter.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "LSU Men's Basketball Facilities". LSU Athletics. July 17, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Pete Maravich Assembly Center (United States)". TVtrip. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pete Maravich Assembly Center". Sports-Venue.info. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "LSU Women's Basketball Facilities". LSU Athletics. September 1, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "LSU Basketball Practice Facility". LSU Athletics. April 1, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "LSU Volleyball Facilities". LSU Athletics. August 7, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Pete Maravich Assembly Center". LSU Athletics. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.lsu.edu/university_relations/photos/hurricane/

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