Bear Down Gym

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Bear Down Gym
Bear Down Gym
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Bear Down Gymnasium
Full name Bear Down Gymnasium
Location Tucson, Arizona
Owner University of Arizona
Operator University of Arizona
Capacity 6,000 (peak)[citation needed]
Construction
Broke ground 1925
Opened 1926
Construction cost US$130,000
Architect Lyman & Place/Roy Place[1]
General contractor Clinton Campbell[1]
Tenants
Arizona Wildcats men's basketball (1926-1973)
Men's Gymnasium, University of Arizona
Bear Down Gym is located in Arizona
Bear Down Gym
Location University of Arizona campus Tucson, Arizona
Coordinates 32°13′52″N 110°57′0″W / 32.23111°N 110.95000°W / 32.23111; -110.95000Coordinates: 32°13′52″N 110°57′0″W / 32.23111°N 110.95000°W / 32.23111; -110.95000
Area 0.3 acres (0.1 ha)
Built 1926
NRHP Reference # 90001526[2]
Added to NRHP October 4, 1990

Bear Down Gym, originally known as Men's Gymnasium, is a 300-seat multi-purpose arena in Tucson, Arizona. It opened in 1926. It was home to the University of Arizona Wildcats basketball team. It was replaced when the McKale Center opened in 1973. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bear Down Gym is also famous for its inclusion in the 1984 blockbuster film Revenge of the Nerds. It was the gymnasium of the fictional "Adams College" and also temporary home to the Nerds after they were kicked out of their original Freshmen home (Cochise Hall).

It was designed by Lyman & Place/Roy Place, architect, and was built by Clinton Campbell.[1]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Men's Gymnasium, University of Arizona in 1990.[2]

The building has been renovated and updated to accommodate the growing needs of University of Arizona students.

See also[edit]

  • "Bear Down", the official motto of the University of Arizona

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Appendix A: Descriptions of Important Historic Sites" (PDF). , part of Jonathan Mabry, ed. (April 2005). "Feasibility Study for the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area" (PDF). Center for Desert Archaeology. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.