Allen Arena

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Allen Arena
The Arena
Lipscomb Allen Arena.jpg
Location One University Park Drive
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Coordinates 36°6′13.80″N 86°47′55.81″W / 36.1038333°N 86.7988361°W / 36.1038333; -86.7988361Coordinates: 36°6′13.80″N 86°47′55.81″W / 36.1038333°N 86.7988361°W / 36.1038333; -86.7988361
Owner Lipscomb University
Operator Lipscomb University
Capacity 5,028 (Basketball)
3,845-5,584 (Concerts)
Surface Hardwood court
Broke ground September 2000
Opened October 28, 2001
Construction cost $16.5 million
($22.8 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Architect Tuck-Hinton Architects
Structural engineer Devine deFlon Yaeger, Inc.[2]
Services engineer Lee Company[3]
General contractor D.F. Chase Inc.[4]
Lipscomb Bisons, Lady Bisons Volleyball, Music City Stars

Allen Arena is an indoor arena at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. The arena was named in honor of James C. and Linda Allen, the facility's primary benefactors. James Allen is a member of the board of trustees for the university and worked for the university at one time. The arena is primarily used for basketball and volleyball athletic events and is also used for daily chapel services and occasional concerts.[5]


Other than hosting athletic events and on campus convocations, the arena hosts many events such as dinners, concerts, area-wide worship services, and graduations (the university and Nashville surrounding high schools). The facility has been host to events such as the annual Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation Concert, bringing entertainers such as former Vibe host Sinbad, Bill Cosby, Dana Carvey, and Jay Leno.

Besides being the home of Lipscomb sports teams, it served as the home of the now-defunct Nashville franchise, the Nashville Rhythm, in the revived American Basketball Association. It is now also the home of the Music City Stars, an American Basketball Association team.[5]


The Allen Arena opened on October 28, 2001, with a local worship service called "In His Hands". The Arena and adjacent parking garage was the site for the school's old McQuiddy Gym name after J.C. McQuiddy Part of the McQuiddy Gym was retained along with the adjacent Student Activities Center (SAC). Yearwood Hall, a women's dormitory, was torn down for construction of the arena.

In the first Lipscomb Bisons home game at Allen Arena, Bison Clayton Osborne made a in bounds shot from three-quarters of the court away. With no time remaining, the ball fell through the net, giving the Bisons a 78-77 victory over the North Texas Eagles.

The arena hosted the 2008 and 2009 Atlantic Sun Conference men's basketball tournaments.[5]

Due to the damage incurred to the Grand Ole Opry House during the May 2010 Tennessee floods and because the Ryman Auditorium was unavailable, Allen Arena hosted the June 5 and June 15, 2010 editions of the Grand Ole Opry.[6] In October 2013, the arena held the nationally-televised 44th GMA Dove Awards for the Christian music scene.[7]


Arena seating capacity is between 4,000 and 5,000 depending upon the purpose for which it is being used, and is officially given as 5,028, which is the capacity in the format typically utilized.[8]

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  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
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  5. ^ a b c Allen Arena Facilities at, URL accessed November 6, 2009. Archived 2009-11-06 at WebCite 11/5/09
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  7. ^ "44th Annual GMA Dove Awards". Tickets Nashville. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ Lipscomb University, Allen Arena at, URL accessed November 6, 2009. Archived 2009-11-06 at WebCite 11/6/09

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