McKenzie Arena

McKenzie Arena
The Roundhouse
Former names UTC Arena (1982–2000)
Location 720 East 4th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Opened October 8, 1982
Owner University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Operator University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $15.5 million
Architect Campbell and Associates Inc.
Capacity 10,928 (basketball)
Tenants
Chattanooga Mocs (Men's) and Lady Mocs (Women's) Basketball

McKenzie Arena (also called The Roundhouse) is the primary basketball arena for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 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 10,928-seat arena was opened on December 1, 1982. The first season included a visit by then defending national NCAA champion North Carolina Tar Heels, a team which included Michael Jordan, Brad Daugherty, and Sam Perkins. The arena hosted the 2005 and 2011 men's Southern Conference basketball tournament and the 2005 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 can also accommodate concerts, with a 64-by-48-foot 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 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 will make its first trip to the arena for the first annual WGI MidSouth Percussion Championship.

See also

  • Finley Stadium

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Coordinates: 35°03′01″N 85°18′03″W / 35.050382°N 85.30091°W / 35.050382; -85.30091


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