Alumni Gymnasium (University of Kentucky)

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Alumni Gymnasium is a building on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located on the corner of South Limestone Street and Avenue of Champions (Euclid Avenue) next to the University of Kentucky Student Center.[1] When it opened in 1924, replacing Alumni Hall (now known as Barker Hall and Buell Armory), it was a 2,800 seat multi-purpose arena, serving as home to the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. It was replaced when the Memorial Coliseum opened in 1950. The building is now a student recreation facility, and is frequently used for recreational and intramural basketball. It is also the current home to the University of Kentucky Men's Club Basketball team, University of Kentucky Club Dodgeball team, and the UK Men's Club Volleyball team.

History[edit]

Alumni Gymnasium opened in 1924 in what had been the site of a lake and swamp on the edge of the University of Kentucky campus.[1] The gymnasium cost $92,000 to construct and included seating for 2,800 people, which could accommodate the entire student body with seats left over. The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball played 271 games at Alumni Gymnasium from 1924 to 1950, going 247-24 (.911).[2] The first game held here was against the University of Cincinnati in which the Wildcats won with a final score of 28-23.[2] The arena has also been home to the University of Kentucky Club Basketball team, University of Kentucky Club Dodgeball team, and the UK Men's Club Volleyball team.[3]

Future of Alumni Gymnasium[edit]

As part of the UK Student Center Renovation and Expansion, Alumni Gym is being renovated and will include spaces for aerobics, strength training, spinning, fitness studios, and men's/women's lockers and showers.[3] The new gym will consist of two levels of fitness and wellness equipment. In the center of the gym will be a structure with stadium like screens.[4] The new gym, located on north campus, will be able to ease the stress off of the university's only current fitness facility the Johnson Center, which is located on south campus.

Arena High Statistics[edit]

The following are record high statistics for Alumni Gymnasium.[2]

Category # UK Player # Opp Player # UK Game Opponent # Opp Game Opponent
Points 40 Bill Spivey (2/18/1950) 32 Jim Nolan (2/21/1948) 98 Western Ontario (1/3/1948) 66 Vanderbilt (2/25/1950)
Free Throws 14 Alex Groza (2/21/1949) 9 Tony Karpowich (1/31/1944) 25 Georgia (2/21/1949) 23 Alabama (2/6/1943)
Field Goals 16 Bill Spivey (2/18/1950) 12 Jim Nolan (2/21/1948) 44 Western Ontario (1/31/1948) 24 Vanderbilt (2/25/1950)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Campus Guide - Alumni Gymnasium. (2009, April 02). Retrieved April 14, 2017, from http://ukcc.uky.edu/cgi-bin/dynamo?maps.391+campus+0029
  2. ^ a b c Kentucky's Alumni Gymnasium Record. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2017, from http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/statistics/arenaalumnigym.html
  3. ^ a b Omni Architects - Alumni Gym. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2017, from http://www.omniarchitects.com/projects/alumnigym.html
  4. ^ Jenkins, C. (2017, April 21). Alumni Gymnasium renovation will improve student lives. Retrieved April 23, 2017, from http://www.kykernel.com/opinion/alumni-gymnasium-renovation-will-improve-student-lives/article_fe60f206-26ac-11e7-aaea-d78052304110.html

Coordinates: 38°02′26.40″N 84°30′12.50″W / 38.0406667°N 84.5034722°W / 38.0406667; -84.5034722