McAlister Field House

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McAlister Field House
Former names The Citadel Armory (1939–1973)
Location 171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29409 USA
Coordinates 32°47′55″N 79°57′45″W / 32.798508°N 79.962573°W / 32.798508; -79.962573Coordinates: 32°47′55″N 79°57′45″W / 32.798508°N 79.962573°W / 32.798508; -79.962573
Owner The Citadel
Operator The Citadel
Capacity 6,000 (1989-present)
4,500 (1939-1989)
Surface Hardwood
Broke ground 1938
Opened 1939
Renovated 1989
Construction cost $465,217[1]
($8.01 million in 2016 dollars[2])
$7.9 million (renovation)
Architect Liollio Architecture (renovation)
General contractor Southeastern Construction Company[1]
The Citadel Bulldogs basketball, wrestling, and volleyball
Lowcountry Highrollers

McAlister Field House is a 6,000-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. It was built in 1939 and is home to The Citadel Bulldogs basketball, wrestling and volleyball teams. Office space in the facility houses athletic department staff as well as several coaches.[3]

Previously known as The Citadel Armory, the facility was named in honor of Col. David S. McAlister, Citadel Class of 1924 on March 16, 1973.[4]

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The arena was renovated in 1989, and is used for entertainment events including concerts and sporting events, as well as college and high school commencements. The renovation expanded the seating capacity from 4,500 to 6,000. Since the renovation, three basketball games have sold out and filled the facility to capacity: Duke (1991), South Carolina (1997), and College of Charleston (1999).[5] The facility has hosted several athletic tournaments, including opening rounds of the Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament and the All-Academy Wrestling Championship.[6]

On July 23, 2007, McAlister Field House was the venue for the Democratic Party's edition of the CNN-YouTube presidential debates.[7] McAlister is also used as the venue for major speeches and addresses to the Corps of Cadets, including President George W. Bush's December 11, 2001 address.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Citadel Awards Building Project". The News and Courier. December 30, 1938. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Athletic Facilities". The Citadel. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Campus Tour - Athletic Facilities". The Citadel. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ 2011-12 Citadel Basketball Media Guide. Citadel Athletics. p. 20. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "McAlister Field House". Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Aaron Gould Sheinin (July 14, 2007). "Citadel seen as odd choice for Democratic debate". Herald Online. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ Jim Garamone (December 11, 2001). "Bush Calls for Military Transformation". Retrieved February 15, 2013. 

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