|Former names||Paige Sports Arena (October–November 2004; three regular season games)|
|Location||One Champions Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
|Owner||University of Missouri|
|Operator||University of Missouri|
|Broke ground||September 21, 2002|
|Opened||October 13, 2004|
|Construction cost||$75 million
($94 million in 2016 dollars)
HOK Sport (now Populous)
|Structural engineer||Walter P Moore|
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||J.E. Dunn Construction Group|
(Men's & Women's Basketball)
Mizzou Arena is an indoor arena located on the south side of the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. The facility, home to the school's men's and women's basketball teams, opened in November 2004 and replaced the Hearnes Center as the school's flagship indoor sports facility. The arena also serves as a concert venue or speaking venue for bigger named guests, such as Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and The Eagles. The arched-roof building seats 15,061, and is located just south of Hearnes and Memorial Stadium. The arena is host to Missouri State High School Activities Association championships for basketball and wrestling. The arena was briefly known as Paige Sports Arena.
About the arena
Mizzou Arena also includes offices for the Men’s and Women’s basketball programs, the Athletic Administration and Mizzou Arena’s Building Operations. For the basketball programs the arena also offers locker rooms, a 24-hour practice gym, weight and training facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, video classrooms with audio and video editing capabilities, and an academic study center.
After protracted negotiations, a third of Mizzou Arena's $75 million cost was donated by Walmart heir Nancy Walton Laurie and her husband Bill Laurie. The stadium was initially named the Paige Sports Arena after their daughter, but the donors gave up their naming rights following a scandal concerning her. The name of the arena's playing surface, Norm Stewart Court, was carried over from the basketball team's previous home at the Hearnes Center with the arena's opening in 2004.
Reflecting an SEC-wide trend, attendance at men's basketball games has dropped. With one conference game left to play in 2014, attendance was on track to be at its lowest since the 2007–08 season.
In September 2014, the university announced renovations to the arena including a new video board, improvements to the facility's entryway and upgrades to the team's locker room coming from a $1.5 million donation.
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There are other ideas floating about, too. A second basketball practice gym is a possibility. Mizzou Arena has just one practice court.
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MU administrators say they still are committed to building a new basketball arena, even though they will have to do it without the $10 million donation from Bill and Nancy Laurie.
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Missouri is not alone. The Tigers are one of seven SEC teams who have seen their attendance figures fall overall this season and eight who have seen a drop in conference play.
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