Bear Down Gym

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Bear Down Gym
Bear Down Gym
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Bear Down Gymnasium
Full nameBear Down Gymnasium
LocationTucson, Arizona
OwnerUniversity of Arizona
OperatorUniversity of Arizona
Capacity6,000 (peak)[citation needed]
Broke ground1925
Construction costUS$130,000
ArchitectLyman & Place/Roy Place[1]
General contractorClinton Campbell[1]
Arizona Wildcats men's basketball (1926–1973)
Men's Gymnasium, University of Arizona
Bear Down Gym is located in Arizona
Bear Down Gym
LocationUniversity of Arizona campus Tucson, Arizona
Coordinates32°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
Area0.3 acres (0.1 ha)
NRHP reference No.90001526[2]
Added to NRHPOctober 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, including housing resources for students such as the Think Tank, where students are tutored.[3] Plans are in the works to add a three-story building over the spot currently holding an old swimming pool.[4]


  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 Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  3. ^ McGlothlin, David (2015-07-15). "Places to know on campus". The Daily Wildcat. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  4. ^ Heffernan, Marissa (2017-04-23). "Bear Down Gym gears up for major improvements". Daily Wildcat. Retrieved 2017-10-02.