A major landmark in Tucson, the McKale Memorial Center was the marker of a brand new era of Wildcat athletics. In 1973 when the center opened, originally dubbed the McKale Center, it seated 11,000 screaming fans who gathered to celebrate the wins and victories of UA’s teams. Tucked next to the US mall and within walking distance to the Arizona Stadium, it’s served as an institution for years and now boasts a Hall of Champions that’s legendary.
“Lute Olson Court” became the official name of the McKale Center floor in 2000 to pay homage to the head coach. Just one year later, it was again renamed—this time to the “Lute and Bobbi Olson Court” during a celebration of life for Olson’s wife, Bobbi. The center is fully of memories, and continues to be a memory-maker for students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans.
Slow and Steady
It’s common for the center to sell out, and over time the seating capacity has increased. In the 1970s, the center could seat just under 14,000 fans. Today, over 15,000 seats are available. It’s not just Wildcats that call the McKale Center home. National sporting events are hosted here, like the NCAA first rounds, training for the Olympic USA basketball team, and NCAA Wrestling West Regionals.
The majority of UA sporting events are held at the center. Get your tickets online now and start planning your trip to Tucson!