University Arena (Western Michigan University)

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University Arena
Former names Read Fieldhouse (1957–1994)
Location Kalamazoo, MI
Opened 1957
Renovated 1994
Owner Western Michigan University
Operator Western Michigan University
Capacity 5,421
Website Official site
Tenants
WMU men's basketball team
WMU women's basketball team
WMU gymnastics team
WMU indoor track and field team
WMU volleyball team

University Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. Located in Read Fieldhouse, the arena opened in 1957 and is home to the Western Michigan University Broncos men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, and gymnastics teams. The facility seats 5,421 people. Read Fieldhouse was named for Buck Read, WMU head men's basketball coach from 1922–1949.[1]

In 1994, University Arena went through a major renovation, adding 20,900 square feet (1,940 m2) to bring the total to 114,900 square feet (10,670 m2). The renovation included rotating the playing surface 90 degrees and reducing the seating capacity from over 10,000 to 5,421.

Before the basketball team moved into Read Fieldhouse, WMU played at Oakland Gymnasium from the 1938–39 season through the 1956–57 season.[2]

The Zoo[edit]

University Arena is home to The Zoo, Western Michigan's student section for basketball games. Formerly known as the Bronco Brigade, The Zoo was formed in 2003 and officially named in 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wmubroncos.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4600&ATCLID=120535
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball Records - Home Records". Western Michigan University. October 8, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 

Coordinates: 42°17′00″N 85°36′30″W / 42.283372°N 85.60845°W / 42.283372; -85.60845