Maples Pavilion

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Maples Pavilion
Maples Pavilion.jpg
Hosting the USF Dons in November 2005
Full name Roscoe Maples Pavilion
Location 655 Campus Drive
Stanford, California
Coordinates 37°25′47″N 122°09′38″W / 37.4296°N 122.1605°W / 37.4296; -122.1605Coordinates: 37°25′47″N 122°09′38″W / 37.4296°N 122.1605°W / 37.4296; -122.1605
Owner Stanford University
Operator Stanford University
Capacity Basketball: 7,233
Broke ground 1967
Opened January 3, 1969
46 years ago
Renovated March 2004
Construction cost $3.24 Million
($20.9 million in 2015 dollars[1])
Architect John Carl Warnecke
Stanford Cardinal (1969–present)

Maples Pavilion is a 7,392-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. Opened 46 years ago in early 1969, Maples underwent a $30 million renovation in March 2004 and reopened ahead of schedule, in time for conference play that December.[2][3][4] It was named after its principal donor, Roscoe Maples, a member of the class of 1904.[5] Prior to 1969, Stanford played at the Old Pavilion, opened in 1922.

Maples is home to multiple Stanford Cardinal athletics teams, including men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball. The raucous student section that roots for the men's basketball team is called the "6th Man" and it is located in several rows along courtside.[6]

Prior to the renovation, the original floor at Maples had a very springy feel to it.[3] Designed by Stanford graduate John Carl Warnecke (1919–2010), it was installed when the Pavilion opened in 1969. Nine inches (23 cm) of crosshatched wood and air was supposed to create a coil-spring effect preventing injuries, but often had the opposite effect.[4][7] It caused a "Missed Stair Effect," a phenomenon that occurs when the body senses where the floor should be upon landing after a jump. With the springy feeling of the floor, often the level would be different from when the player jumped, causing a strange sensation throughout the body.

On October 14, 2010, the Dalai Lama advocated a secular approach to compassion to a standing room only crowd.

Upon his death in 1963, Roscoe W. Maples bequeathed most of his $2 million estate to the university. A member of the class of 1904, he left school before graduating to support his parents, and was later successful in the lumber business in Oregon.[5]


  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Maples Pavilion remodel on schedule". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 20, 2004. p. C7. 
  3. ^ a b "Stanford missing familiar Maples' floor". Lodi News-Sentinel (California). Associated Press. December 27, 2004. p. 16. 
  4. ^ a b Moseley, Rob (January 25, 2005). "Brand new floor plan". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. E1. 
  5. ^ a b Thacher, Steve (February 13, 1969). "New pavilion to be dedicated". Stanford Daily (California). p. 3. 
  6. ^ Bosley, Don (January 29, 1998). "Stanford sixth-man keeps it fun around Maples Pavilion". Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho, Washington). (Sacramento Bee). p. 1D. 
  7. ^ Mague, Anthony (February 11, 2004). "Stanford’s injury-causing, springy floor to be removed". Daily Orange (Syracuse, New York). Retrieved August 3, 2015. 

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