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Encyclopedia > Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt University)
Memorial Gymnasium
Location 25th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37235
Opened December 6, 1952
Owner Vanderbilt University
Board of Trust
Operator Vanderbilt University
Surface $1.5 million
Construction cost Edwin Keeble
Tenants
Vanderbilt Commodores
(Men's and Women's Basketball)
Seats
14,168 (2002); 15,646 (1969); 11,646 (1967); 6,583 (1952)

Memorial Gymnasium is a multi-purpose facility located in Nashville, Tennessee. Usually called Memorial Gym or simply Memorial, the building is located on the western end of the Vanderbilt University campus. It was built in 1952 and current has a seating capacity of 14,168. It serves as home court for the school's men's and women's basketball programs. Nickname: Music City; Buckle of the Bible Belt Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area    - City 526. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Seating capacity refers to the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, either in terms of the space available, or in terms of limitations set by law. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ...

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Construction and design

Memorial Gymnasium was built in the early 1950s. It was dedicated as the campus memorial to students and alumni killed in World War II; a plaque commemorating these people is displayed in the lobby. At the time of its construction, there was a serious discussion within the Vanderbilt community about whether the school should de-emphasize intercollegiate athletics. As a compromise, the gymnasium was built to hold only about 9,000 seats, and it would be readily adaptable to other uses. Consequently, the gymnasium floor was built up above its surroundings, more in the nature of a stage. The areas out of bounds along the sidelines were very wide, in contrast with the small facility which it replaced, where the walls were right along the sidelines and players could scrape their shoulders bringing the ball up the court. This necessitated the placement of the benches at the end of the court, which was not highly unusual at the time. In addition, each goal is anchored by two far-reaching beams attached to support columns, with extra support coming from cables stretching all the way to the gym's ceiling. In the case of a backboard shatter or beam fracture, replacing these goals would be highly difficult, compared to the usual goal setup at most venues. The 1950s was the decade spanning the years 1950 to 1959. ... An alumnus (masculine) or alumna (feminine) is a former student of a college, university, or school. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...


Memorial Gym is well-known for its unusual design. The end-of-the-floor bench location is now unique in major college basketball, and said to give Vanderbilt a tremendous home court advantage, since no other facility in which opponents play is arranged in such a way. After then Florida State coach Pat Kennedy complained long and loud about the arrangement after his team lost a first-round NCAA Tournament game there, and the opening of the Gaylord Entertainment Center, a far larger, more modern facility, the NCAA chose to move to that venue for NCAA Men's Tournament games. The interior walls were unpainted cinder blocks until very recently. The middle of the three decks has a low ceiling and when the house lights are turned off during game play gives the distinct impression of watching a Cinemascope movie of basketball. College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. // The game of basketball was devised by James Naismith in 1891. ... Florida State University, also commonly referred to as FSU or Florida State, is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. ... The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ... The Gaylord Entertainment Center (originally named Nashville Arena) is an all-purpose venue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee which was completed in 1996. ... Cinemascope, or more strictly CinemaScope, was a widescreen movie format used from 1953 to 1967. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ...


In 2006, the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship held first and second round games at Memorial Gymnasium.


History

As Southeastern Conference basketball grew in popularity and Vanderbilt established itself as a basketball power in the conference probably behind only Kentucky and Tennessee the seating capacity proved inadequate. The gymnasium had been designed in a way which made it readily expandable, and by the mid-1960s it seated 11,000. A conference championship run in 1966 led to even more demand for seats, and by the end of the decade the facility seated 15,525. It usually sold out, especially for conference games, and in the late 1960s and early 1970s Vanderbilt was consistently in the top ten for attendance in all of college basketball, a remarkable achievement for a middle-sized private institution. The arena hosted the SEC men's basketball tournament in 1984 and 1991. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... The University of Kentucky (also as UK or simply Kentucky) is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... See also: 1965 in sports, other events of 1966, 1967 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - David Pearson Indianapolis 500 - Graham Hill USAC Racing - Mario Andretti won the season championship Formula One Championship - Jack... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


One of the more remarkable events in the history of this venue occurred in the early 1990s when the building served as the host site for a "Battle of the Boulevard" rivalry game between Lipscomb University and Belmont University, two other Nashville institutions with a long history of quality basketball. The game was moved to Memorial when it became apparent that demand for tickets would greatly outstrip their availability at Belmont's former home court, tiny Striplin Gymnasium. However, even event organizers themselves were shocked when the doubleheader between the women's and men's teams sold Memorial out by the halftime of the women's game. This event still holds the all-time attendance record for a NAIA basketball game. See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from the late 1980s and shortly after the year 2000. ... The Battle of the Boulevard is the nickname given to the basketball game between Lipscomb University and Belmont University. ... Lipscomb University is a Church of Christ-affiliated university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Belmont University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive university related to the Tennessee Baptist Convention and located in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (better known as the NAIA) traces its roots to the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball. ...


Renovations and Recent history

In recent years the facility has been modernized; the addition of a press box, suites, and other amenities have reduced the seating capacity somewhat. The existence of other high-level sports in Nashville has hurt attendance in recent years and it is not likely that demand for tickets for regular-season games will ever reach the level of the early 1970s. However, the facility is still favored by some basketball purists as an example of a facility designed primarily for that sport (although it also at times housed other facilities for the Vanderbilt athletic operation, such as a swimming pool). The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... This article concentrates on human swimming. ...


External links

  • Memorial Gym official homepage
  • Memorial Gym Seating Chart - with clickable Points-of-View


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Nashville Athletic Venues
Allen Arena | Centennial Sportsplex | Curb Event Center | Ezell Park | Gaylord Entertainment Center | Gentry Center | Hawkins Field
Herschel Greer Stadium | LP Field | Memorial Gymnasium | Music City Motorplex | Nashville Municipal Auditorium | Vanderbilt Stadium
Former: Sulphur Dell
Future: First Tennessee Field
Nickname: Music City; Buckle of the Bible Belt Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area    - City 526. ... This facility is not to be confused with the Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas. ... The Curb Event Center is a multipurpose arena on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Ezell Park is a soccer specific-stadium based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The Gaylord Entertainment Center (originally named Nashville Arena) is an all-purpose venue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee which was completed in 1996. ... Gentry Complex is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Hawkins Field is a baseball stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Herschel Greer Stadium is a minor league baseball stadium located in Nashville, Tennessee on the grounds of Fort Negley, an American Civil War fortification located approximately two miles (three km) south of downtown Nashville. ... LP Field is a football stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, used primarily as the home stadium of the NFLs Tennessee Titans, but also used by Tennessee State University. ... Music City Motorplex is a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racetrack located at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. ... The Nashville Municipal Auditorium was the primary indoor sports venue in Nashville, Tennessee from the time of its completion in 1962 until the completion of what is now the Gaylord Entertainment Center in 1996. ... Vanderbilt Stadium (originally known as Dudley Field) is a football stadium located in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Sulphur Dell is the name of a former Minor League Baseball park in Nashville, Tennessee. ... First Tennessee Field is the name of a minor league baseball stadium under construction in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


 
 

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