Gym dandies: Conference USA

Gym dandies: Conference USA

Conference USA
School    Arena    Capacity    Opened    Did you know?
1. Memphis    FedExForum    18,400    2004    Located near famous Beale Street, the arena replaced the Pyramid for the Tigers and NBA’s Grizzlies
2. Central Florida    UCF Arena    10,000    2007    Gym located on the north end of campus, adjacent to school’s other athletic facilities
3. Southern Miss    Reed Green Coliseum    8,095    1965    “The Yurt,” named for the school’s longtime coach and athletic director, is in the middle of long-term renovations
4. UTEP    Don Haskins Center    12,000    1976    “The Don” honors the late coach, known as “The Bear,” who led Miners to 1966 NCAA title
5. UAB    Bartow Arena    8,500    1986    Game against Memphis in 2008 drew record crowd at building named for Gene Bartow, who started Blazers program from scratch
6. Marshall    Henderson Center    9,043    1981    In its first season, Thundering Herd won nine consecutive games at new home
7. East Carolina    Minges Coliseum    8,000    1968    Building honors Minges family, prominent boosters and Pepsi bottling operators in the region
8. Tulsa    Donald W. Reynolds Center    8,355    1998    HOK Sports designed the building. Company also did the United Center, Camden Yards and Coors Field
9. Houston    Hofheinz Pavilion    8,479    1969    Cougars home named for Judge Roy Hofheinz, who led the city’s efforts to build the Astrodome
10. Rice    Tudor Fieldhouse    5,208    1950    Home of the Owls underwent a major renovation ($23 million) in 2008
11. SMU    Moody Coliseum    8,998    1956    Now coached by legend Larry Brown, Mustangs got a new floor to play on before the 2007-08 season
12. Tulane    Fogelman Arena    3,600    1933    Former Devlin Fieldhouse rechristened as tribute to alum, was one home of ABA’s New Orleans Buccaneers
 

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