Gym dandies: SEC

Gym dandies: SEC

SEC
School    Arena    Capacity    Opened    Did you know?
1. Kentucky    Rupp Arena    23,000    1976    Team has won a ridiculous 89 percent of its home games at the largest basketball-centered building in the country
2. Vanderbilt    Memorial Gymnasium    14,316    1952    “Hey, where are the players and coaches?” “Oh, there they are at the ends of the court.”
3. Florida    Stephen C. O’Connell Center    11,548    1980    “Rowdy Reptiles” student section helped the Gators to a pair of national championships under Billy Donovan
4. Missouri    Mizzou Arena    15,061    2004    After last week’s win against Florida, Tigers are 82-4 at home the last five seasons
5. Tennessee    Thompson-Boling Arena    21,678    1987    Floor is named “The Summitt” in honor of recently retired women’s coach Pat Summitt, who led Vols to eight national titles
6. Arkansas    Bud Walton Arena    19,200    1993    Bud Walton paid for half of the original construction cost as Razorbacks doubled their capacity
7. Mississippi    C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum    9,061    1966    Originally Rebel Coliseum, it was renamed to honor former athlete, coach and AD
8. Mississippi State    Humphrey Coliseum    10,500    1975    “The Hump” is the largest on-campus arena in the state
9. Alabama    Coleman Coliseum    15,383    1968    Originally built for $4.2 million, building underwent major upgrade early in Anthony Grant’s tenure
10. LSU    Maravich Assembly Center    14,164    1972    Building was renamed to honor Tigers great four months after his death
11. Texas A&M    Reed Arena    12,989    1998    A record 13,717 filled the place to see Aggies play Texas in 2010
12. Auburn    Auburn Arena    9,121    2010    Starting over allowed school to put practice courts in $92.5 million facility
13. Georgia    Stegeman Coliseum    10,523    1964    Besides its basketball duties, building is also home to the Bulldogs’ gymnastics program, which owns 10 NCAA team titles
14. South Carolina    Colonial Life Arena    18,000    2002    Gamecocks earned their first win against a top-ranked team, knocking off Kentucky in sold-out 2010 game
 

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