Alumni Coliseum

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Alumni Coliseum
Paul S. McBrayer Arena
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Location Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, Kentucky 40475
Owner Eastern Kentucky University
Operator Eastern Kentucky University
Capacity 6,500
Surface Wood
Construction
Broke ground 1963
Opened September 23, 1963
Construction cost $3,244,623 (1963)
($25.4 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect Hartstern, Louis, and Henry
Tenants
Eastern Kentucky Colonels (NCAA) (1963–present)
McBrayer Arena - Interior (2004)
McBrayer Arena - Interior (2006)

Alumni Coliseum is a multi-use sports arena located on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.

History[edit]

Built in 1963, the Paul S. McBrayer Arena located inside Alumni Coliseum, is capable of seating around 6,500 people in both chairback seats and on wooden benches (8,000 for concerts). The arena's ceiling is made completely of wooden beams and is believed to be the largest of its kind in existence. It was named for the former EKU Men's Basketball Coach Paul McBrayer who compiled a record of 219-144. The floor graphics were updated for the 2005-06 seasons and the banners were redone to be more unified.

Usage[edit]

The arena is home to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels men's and women's basketball team, and the women's volleyball team. In addition to university sponsored athletics Alumni Coliseum has also played host to a variety of other sporting events, including the All "A" Classic High School basketball tournament, KHSAA Region 5 Swimming and Diving Championships, and continues to host the Special Olympics Kentucky Summer Games.

The arena has also hosted numerous musical performers over the years, more recently including 3 Doors Down, O.A.R. (Of A Revolution), Diamond Rio, Nappy Roots and The Black Eyed Peas. It also hosted the Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball tournament in 1979.

The Donald Combs Natatorium, located behind the basketball arena, is the former home of the university's swimming and diving team and is now used predominantly for EKU recreation and the Model Laboratory School Swim team. The natatorium houses a 6 lane 25 yard swimming pool as well as one and three meter diving boards.

The Alumni Coliseum also houses four other basketball courts in an auxiliary gymnasium, an outdoor swimming pool, eight classrooms, the Chad Bratzke Student Academic Athletic Success Center, and twenty additional offices.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 

Coordinates: 37°44′14″N 84°18′5″W / 37.73722°N 84.30139°W / 37.73722; -84.30139