Tom Gola Arena

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Tom Gola Arena
The Tom
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Former namesHayman Hall
Location1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Coordinates40°02′24″N 75°09′24″W / 40.039993°N 75.15654°W / 40.039993; -75.15654Coordinates: 40°02′24″N 75°09′24″W / 40.039993°N 75.15654°W / 40.039993; -75.15654
Public transitBus transport SEPTA.svg SEPTA bus: 18, 26
OwnerLa Salle University
OperatorLa Salle University
Capacity3,400
SurfaceHardwood
Construction
Broke groundMay 17, 1997
OpenedFebruary 21, 1998[2]
Construction cost$6.3 million
($10.5 million in 2021 dollars[1])
ArchitectEwingCole (Hayman Hall Addition)
Tenants
La Salle Explorers (Men's & Women's basketball)

Tom Gola Arena, The Tom, The Gola, is a 3,400-seat multi-purpose arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania situated inside the TruMark Financial Center. It is home to the La Salle University Explorers men's and women's basketball teams as well as its volleyball team. It is named after former Explorers captain and head coach Tom Gola, currently in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The building was opened on February 21, 1998, as the men's basketball team defeated Virginia Tech 74-64.[2] La Salle's Explorers had not played basketball on campus since leaving Wister Hall in 1955, the season after the 1954 NCAA Championship. The Explorers played at the Palestra from 1955 to 1989, the Philadelphia Civic Center from 1989 to 1996, and the First Union Spectrum from 1996 until the arena opened in 1998. In 2021, the arena was equipped with two working smoke machines.

In Philadelphia's 2016 Summer Olympics bid, the arena was planned to host fencing.[3]

Tom Gola Arena is located inside the Hayman Center.

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  1. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "La Salle Men's Basketball 2018-19 Media Guide" (PDF). La Salle University Athletics. 2018. p. 64. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "2016 Olympic venues". Archived from the original on 2006-06-16.

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