Tom Gola Arena

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Tom Gola Arena
The Tom
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Former names Hayman Hall
Location 1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Broke ground May 17, 1997
Opened February 21, 1998
Owner La Salle University
Operator La Salle University
Surface Hardwood
Construction cost $6.3 million
($9.12 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect EwingCole (Hayman Hall Addition)
Capacity 3,400
Tenants
La Salle Explorers
(men's & women's basketball, women's volleyball)

Tom Gola Arena, The Tom, The Gola, is a 3,400-seat multi-purpose arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania situated inside the Hayman Center. It is home to the La Salle University Explorers basketball and volleyball teams. It is named after Tom Gola, a Philadelphia basketball player and coach who is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The building was opened in February 1998. La Salle's Explorers had not played basketball on campus since leaving Wister Hall in 1955, the season after the 1954 NCAA Championship. The Explorers played at the Palestra from 1955 to 1989, the Philadelphia Civic Center from 1989 to 1996, and the First Union Spectrum from 1996 until the arena opened in 1998.

In Philadelphia's 2016 Summer Olympics bid, the arena was planned to host fencing.[2]

Tom Gola Arena is located inside the Hayman Center.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ http://pdn.philly.com/olympic/olympicmap.html

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Coordinates: 40°02′24″N 75°09′24″W / 40.039993°N 75.15654°W / 40.039993; -75.15654