Elmore Gymnasium

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T.M. Elmore Gymnasium and Health Sciences Complex
The Dog House
Elmore Gym Dec10.jpg
Full name T.M. Elmore Gymnasium
Location Normal, Alabama, US
Coordinates 34°47′07″N 86°34′31″W / 34.7852°N 86.5752°W / 34.7852; -86.5752Coordinates: 34°47′07″N 86°34′31″W / 34.7852°N 86.5752°W / 34.7852; -86.5752
Operator Alabama A&M University
Capacity 6,000
Alabama A&M Bulldogs

T.M. Elmore Gymnasium is a 6,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Normal, the northern part of Huntsville, Alabama, United States. It is home to the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball team. The gymnasium is informally known as "The Dog House" due to the hot temperature and loud environment for opposing teams.[1] In February 1996, Elmore Gymnasium was ranked the "fourth-toughest place to play" in NCAA Division II basketball by Division II Bulletin. The three venues ranked ahead of it were Althouse Hall at Philadelphia Textile, the Sportscenter at Kentucky Wesleyan College, and the DakotaDome at the University of South Dakota.[2] The gymnasium is home to the Bulldog volleyball team also, as well as numerous other civic and institutional activities from concerts and pep rallies, to guest speakers and convocations. Alabama A&M University's December Commencement Exercises are held inside the building. The building also houses classrooms, office space, training facilities and the Physical Education department.

As a concert venue, Elmore Gymnasium can seat up to 7,000. It was built in 1974, around the same time as the much larger Von Braun Center which opened the next year, and thus Elmore is often used as an alternative venue to the VBC.

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  1. ^ "Home sweet home". The Huntsville Times. February 28, 1996. p. D3. 
  2. ^ Benson, Reggie (February 28, 1996). "Alabama A&M plans on defending its turf". The Huntsville Times. p. D1.