McKenzie Arena

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McKenzie Arena
"The Roundhouse"
Former namesUTC Arena (1982–2000)
Location720 East 4th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403 USA
Coordinates35°03′01″N 85°18′03″W / 35.050382°N 85.30091°W / 35.050382; -85.30091
OwnerUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga
OperatorUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Capacity10,995 (basketball)
Record attendance11,221 (December 4, 2007 vs Tennessee)[1]
Broke ground1980
OpenedOctober 8, 1982
Construction cost$15.5 million
($48.9 million in 2023 dollars[2])
ArchitectCampbell and Associates Inc.
Chattanooga Mocs Men's & Women's Basketball

McKenzie Arena (also called "The Roundhouse") is the primary basketball arena for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) in Chattanooga in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It replaced Maclellan Gymnasium, a 4,177-seat gymnasium now used for women's volleyball and wrestling. Originally called UTC Arena, it was renamed McKenzie Arena on February 21, 2000, in honor of athletic supporters Toby and Brenda McKenzie of Cleveland, Tennessee. The arena opened on October 8, 1982. It was designed by Campbell & Associates Architects with David J. Moore as the on-site architect/construction administrator.

The first season included a visit by then defending NCAA national champion North Carolina Tar Heels, a team which included Michael Jordan, Brad Daugherty, and Sam Perkins. The arena hosted the 2005, 2009, and 2011 men's Southern Conference basketball tournament and the 2005, 2009, and 2011 women's tournament championship game. In addition to basketball, the arena has hosted many ice shows, rodeos, circuses, truck rallies, and wrestling events. The arena is also home to UTC's department of intercollegiate athletics. The arena also hosted the 2006 TSSAA State Wrestling tournament.

The arena can also accommodate concerts, with a 64-by-48-foot (20 by 15 m) stage and capacities of 7,463 for side-stage shows, 9,107 end-stage and 11,557 center-stage shows; ice shows, circuses and even monster truck rallies (arena floor dimensions are 151'6" by 181'9").

The arena hosted WCW Halloween Havoc in 1991 and the thirteenth WWF In Your House pay-per-view In Your House 13: Final Four in 1997. It also hosted Clash of the Champions IV, the first Clash of Champions event produced by WCW. World Wrestling Entertainment continues to hold matches at the arena.

In 2011, Winter Guard International made its first trip to McKenzie for the first annual WGI MidSouth Percussion Championship.

Terrell Owens also hosted his own induction ceremony into the Pro Football Hall of Fame here on August 4, 2018.[3]

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  1. ^ "The McKenzie Arena - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Official Athletics Site". Archived from the original on 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
  2. ^ 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 February 29, 2024.
  3. ^ "Terrell Owens hosts own NFL Hall of Fame ceremony: Chattanooga over Canton 'right thing to do'". The Tennessean. 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2018-08-11.

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