|West Virginia University Coliseum|
Morgantown, WV 26506
|Broke ground||December 21, 1968|
|Opened||December 1, 1970|
|Owner||West Virginia University|
|Operator||West Virginia University|
|Construction cost||$10.4 million
($62.5 million in 2013 dollars)
|Architect||Silling Associates, Inc.|
|General contractor||McDevitt & Street Co.|
|West Virginia Mountaineers
(Basketball, volleyball & gymnastics)
The WVU Coliseum is a 14,000-seat multi-purpose arena which is located in the Evansdale campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. The circular arena features a poured concrete roof. The arena, which opened in 1970, is home to the WVU Mountaineers men's and women's basketball teams, men's wrestling, as well as WVU's women's teams in volleyball and gymnastics. The arena has nearly 100 offices, 13 lecture and seminar rooms, a dance studio, safety lab, racquetball and squash courts, Jerry West Mountaineer Room (holds nearly 150 people for meetings). Comprises more than 10.5 million cubic feet (300,000 m3) of space. The arena also has more than 1,000 individual locker units in various dressing rooms available for students and staff. There is also a 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) weight room located in the lower level of the Coliseum. The arena has been used for concerts but the concrete roof has poor sound distribution properties, so other venues in town are more appropriate for this purpose. The poor sound quality was purposeful, as it was the intention of the designers to cup the ceiling so that crowd noise generated at basketball games would be directed back to the floor. The first event held at the Coliseum in 1970 was a Grand Funk Railroad concert. The arena hosted the 1984 and 1988 Atlantic Ten Conference men's basketball tournaments. The Coliseum also hosted the 1974 NCAA tournament.
The arena was built with state funds and replaced the WVU Fieldhouse, which seated 6,000.
During the 1998-99 season, the Jerry West Lounge was formally dedicated, flanking the entrance to lounge is a display showcasing the highlights of the Mountaineer great. In November 2005, the University announced that a life size bronzed statue of West would adorn the Blue Gate entrance of the Coliseum.
In 2004 the Coliseum underwent an upgrade which included renovations to the men's and women's locker rooms, construction of a player's lounge and team video theater, expansion of the equipment and training rooms, refurbishment of the Coliseum roof, construction of a club seating area in the main arena, complete with a private space for concessions hospitality area and rest rooms under the lower level seats.
WVU and NBA Hall-of-Famer, Jerry West, has his number retired and a sign hangs over Seating Section 44 with "Jerry West 44" written on it. Also, standing outside of the main entrance of the Coliseum is a large bronze statue dedicated to Jerry West. Hot Rod Hundley also has his number 33 retired and hanging from the walls.
According to WVU Department of Athletics, in 2008, the Coliseum received a new NBA Style Video Scoreboard, a new Public Address System, as well as a new lighting system, two LED ribbon boards, and a new floor design. Also, WVU Athletic Director Ed Pastilong announced that construction on a new $20–$22 million practice facility to be built adjacent to the Coliseum.
Top Crowds at the Coliseum
- 16,704 - Pittsburgh @ #6 West Virginia - February 24, 1982
- 15,638 - #1 UNLV @ West Virginia - February 27, 1983 on CBS
- 15,59 Villanova @ #4 West Virginia - February 8, 2010 on ESPN
- 15,419 - #21 Pittsburgh @ #6 West Virginia - February 3, 2010
- 15,409 - Marshall @ West Virginia - December 4, 1982
- 15,299 - Pittsburgh @ West Virginia - January 31, 1981
- 15,271 - #5 Syracuse @ #9 West Virginia - January 16, 2010 on ESPN
- 15,193 - #6 Georgetown @ West Virginia - December 2, 1996
- 15,167 - #6 UCONN @ #16 West Virginia - February 11, 1998 on ESPN
- 15,118 - #3 Notre Dame @ West Virginia- February 17, 1979
- 15,033 - #21 Ohio State @ #11 West Virginia - January 23, 2010 on CBS
- 15,032 - #11 Louisville @ West Virginia - March 5, 2011 on ESPN
Year by Year Results
- West Virginia Men's Basketball
|1999-00||Coliseum Closed for Asbestos Removal||N/A|
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