The Pavilion (UC Davis)

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The Pavilion
Doxie Derby, UC Davis Pavilion.jpg
Full name The Pavilion at ARC
Former names Recreation Hall (1977-2004)
Location 232 ARC, 1 Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Coordinates 38°32′30″N 121°45′34″W / 38.54167°N 121.75944°W / 38.54167; -121.75944Coordinates: 38°32′30″N 121°45′34″W / 38.54167°N 121.75944°W / 38.54167; -121.75944
Owner University of California, Davis
Operator University of California, Davis
Capacity 7,600
Record attendance 7,926 on 23 January 1999
for Men's Basketball
Surface Hardwood
Opened 1977
UC Davis Aggies men's basketball
UC Davis Aggies women's basketball
UC Davis Aggies women's volleyball
UC Davis Aggies women's gymnastics
UC Davis Aggies wrestling

The Pavilion at ARC (formerly known as Recreation Hall and best known as The Pavilion) is an 8,000-seat indoor multi-purpose stadium on the campus of the University of California, Davis in Davis, California.

History and renovations[edit]

Recreation Hall was opened in 1977 for intercollegiate athletics, as well as other large events such as intramural sports and public events.[1] The capacity of the Pavilion is nearly 8,000 people and can provide 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) of floorspace.

In Spring of 2004, UC Davis opened to the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). This structure served as a massive extension to the currently existing Pavilion. Since the two buildings have been fused into one massive complex, Recreation Hall's name was changed to The Pavilion at ARC upon the opening of the ARC in 2004.[2]


The main tenants of The Pavilion are the UC Davis Aggies athletic programs. The UC Davis Aggies men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball, women's gymnastics, and wrestling all call The Pavilion home.

Break the Record Night[edit]

An annual "Break the Record Night" is held during each basketball season to attempt to break the prior attendance record for a basketball game. The current record of 7,926 was set on 23 January 1999, when UC Davis defeated Chico State 102-71.[3]

Other events[edit]

Former President Bill Clinton visited UC Davis to gain support for his wife Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination. Around 7,800 people were in attendance with a reported 3,500 more turned away at the door.[4]

World Wrestling Entertainment have also held shows at The Pavilion.


  1. ^ "History of Recreation at UC Davis". UC Davis Campus Recreation. Retrieved 9 October 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "'PHENOMENAL FACILITY' — A 'fusion building,' ARC opens soon for tours". Dateline UC Davis. 2 April 2004. Retrieved 9 October 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Break The Record Night Part Of Weekend Hoops Action". UC Davis Athletics. 8 January 2003. Retrieved 9 October 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ Todd Milbourn (16 January 2008). "Bill Clinton Wows UCD". The Sacramento Bee, Section B1. 

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