Bud Walton Arena
|Basketball Palace of Mid-America|
|Location||1270 West Leroy Pond Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72701-5570
|Owner||University of Arkansas|
|Operator||University of Arkansas|
|Record attendance||20,320 (January 26, 1997 vs. Kentucky)|
|Broke ground||March 28, 1992|
|Opened||November 29, 1993|
|Construction cost||$30 Million
($49.1 million in 2016 dollars)
Mott Mobley McGowan & Griffin
|General contractor||Huber, Hunt & Nichiols|
|Arkansas Razorbacks men's and women's basketball teams (1993-present)|
Bud Walton Arena (also known as the Basketball Palace of Mid-America) is the home to the men's and women's basketball teams of the University of Arkansas, known as the Razorbacks. It is located on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas and has a seating capacity of 19,368, which is the fifth largest for an on-campus arena in the United States.
The arena features Bud Walton Arena Razorback Sports Museum on the ground level about the history of Razorback basketball, track and field, baseball, tennis and golf.
The arena is named after James "Bud" Walton, co-founder of Wal-Mart, who donated a large portion of the funds needed to build the arena. Walton purportedly gave 15 million, or around half of the construction cost. Construction of the arena took only 18 months, a short time considering the size of the undertaking.
When it was built, it was touted as a larger version of Barnhill Arena, the team's former home. In hopes of recreating the formidable home-court advantage the Razorbacks enjoyed at Barnhill, architect Rosser International built an arena that, as it put it, had "more seats in less space than in any other facility of the same type anywhere in the world."
The arena has been the home to the Razorbacks since November 1993; the men's team won the national championship in the arena's first season of operation. The basketball team's former home, Barnhill Arena was renovated into a volleyball-specific facility and now houses the Razorback women volleyball team.
In its early years, Nolan Richardson's teams frequently attracted standing-room-only crowds of over 20,000.
The past few years have brought a number of enhancements and improvements to the arena. In 2004, a new custom scoreboard was debuted which is 24 feet, three inches wide by 22 feet tall, features four video screens, each 12 feet, six inches wide by eight feet, 10 inches tall. (Also, there is an LED ring at the top that is used to display game statistics.) In 2005, the locker rooms were remodeled, and a lounge and meeting area were added. Prior to the 2008–09 season, the University of Arkansas expanded the arena by eight luxury suites, raising the total to 47. In addition, courtside seating was added, the student section was reconfigured, and press seating was moved to the East side of the arena behind the basket. LED ribbon boards were also installed around the ring between the upper and lower decks and were first used during Arkansas's upset of #4 Oklahoma on December 30, 2008. The addition of these improvements expanded seating to 19,368. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the University of Arkansas, again, reconfigured press seating to the southeast corner of the bottom bowl, reserving its existing place for an expanded student section, commonly referred to as "The Trough."
Statistics of Bud Walton Arena
Average attendance (17 of 21 seasons ranked in the top 15 in the country): 16,265
Attendance Record: 20,320 vs. Kentucky January 26, 1997
Attendance Chart (men) for every year Bud Walton Arena has been in operation
|Season||Overall Record||SEC Record||Overall Attendance||Average Attendance||Rank Nationally|
|1993–94||16–0 (1.000)||8–0 (1.000)||322,146||20,134||4th|
|1994–95||14–1 (.933)||7–1 (.875)||301,212||20,081||4th|
|1995–96||14–4 (.778)||6–2 (.750)||346,698||19,261||5th|
|1996–97||15–3 (.833)||6–2 (.750)||329,540||18,308||5th|
|1997–98||15–0 (1.000)||8–0 (1.000)||291,089||19,406||4th|
|1998–99||14–2 (.875)||6–2 (.750)||292,704||18,294||5th|
|1999–00||9–5 (.643)||5–3 (.625)||249,300||17,807||6th|
|2000–01||16–2 (.889)||7–1 (.875)||292,057||16,225||9th|
|2001–02||11–5 (.688)||5–3 (.625)||241,033||15,065||13th|
|2002–03||8–8 (.500)||3–5 (.375)||236,638||14,790||14th|
|2003–04||10–6 (.625)||4–4 (.500)||236,676||14,792||13th|
|2004–05||13–3 (.813)||5–3 (.625)||252,608||15,788||9th|
|2005–06||15–1 (.938)||7–1 (.875)||239,336||14,958||12th|
|2006–07||13–3 (.813)||5–3 (.625)||267,520||16,720||9th|
|2007–08||15–1 (.938)||7–1 (.875)||274,360||17,148||8th|
|2008–09||12–6 (.667)||2–6 (.250)||288,781||16,043||11th|
|2009–10||11-8 (.579)||5-3 (.625)||256,667||13,509||17th|
|2010–11||15-3 (.833)||5-3 (.625)||216,999||12,055||29th|
|2011–12||17-3 (.850)||5-3 (.625)||262,329||13,116||23rd|
|2012–13||17-1 (.944)||9-0 (1.000)||252,857||14,047||17th|
|2013–14||17-2 (.895)||7-2 (.778)||280,465||14,023||10th|
|Totals||287–67 (.811)||122–48 (.718)||5,669,439||16,265||Avg. Rank: N/A|
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