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University Arena, commonly known as The Pit, is a multi-purpose arena with a capacity of 18,018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The arena opened in 1966, and it serves primarily as home to the University of New Mexico Lobos Men's and Women's basketball teams. Image File history File links Thepit4. ... An arena is a circular or oval shaped (or sometimes rectangular) public space (akin to a classical amphitheatre), designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events. ... Downtown Albuquerque Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico, United States. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ... UNM Lobos logo The Lobo is the official mascot of the University of New Mexico. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... A team is any group of people or animals linked in a common purpose. ...


Legacy

The Pit has a reputation as one of the most hostile arenas in the country for visiting teams due to the large crowds of loud, raucous Lobo fans, seated right up to the edge of the court. Visiting squads are often forced to develop hand signals to communicate over the deafening roar. The Lobo basketball program enjoys a formidable home-court advantage at The Pit and contends that top national programs refuse to play the team there. Apparently the first sporting event involving the University of New Mexico (UNM) was a football game on October 7, 1892. ...


The Lobos were the only team ranked in the top 10 nationally in total attendance every season from the opening of The Pit in 1966 through the 2000-01 season. The team has continued to finish in the top 20 in the years since.


In 1983, The Pit hosted the NCAA Basketball Final Four that featured the memorable championship game upset by North Carolina State over heavily favored Houston. The video clip of NC State coach Jim Valvano running around the court frenetically at the end of the game documents one of the most famous moments in NCAA basketball history, and is now a staple of Final Four television coverage. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public land-grant university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... Partial view of the University of Houston campus looking northwest to Downtown Houston Motto Founded 1927 School type Flagship State University President Jay Gogue, Ph. ... James Thomas Anthony Valvano (March 10, 1946 - April 28, 1993), nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball coach. ...


In 1999, The Pit was named the 13th Best Sports Venue of the Twentieth Century by a Sports Illustrated magazine panel. The Pit hosted a regional final and semi-finals in the NCAA basketball tournament in March 2005. It previously hosted NCAA tournament regionals in 1968, 1978, 1985, 1992, 1996, and 2000 before last year making The Pit a common arena for NCAA Tournament games. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s The 20th century lasted from 1901 to 2000 in the Gregorian calendar (often from (1900 to 1999 in common usage). ... July 1999 cover showing soccer star Brandi Chastain Sports Illustrated is a popular weekly American sports magazine owned by media giant Time Warner. ... The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ...

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Structure Background

The arena received its nickname because of its unique construction. It is literally a pit dug out of Albuquerque's southeast mesa. The roof was built first, followed by excavation of dirt to create a large hole, placing the arena floor 37 feet (11 m) below ground level. The original seating capacity was 14,831, built at a cost of $1.4 million, a very small amount even for that era. The subterranean design has won international recognition for chief architect Joe Boehning, who still resides in Albuquerque. Several mesas near Los Alamos, New Mexico. ...


By the mid-1970s, the capacity proved too small for the increasingly popular Lobos. In 1975, a cantilevered deck was added above the original stands, increasing the seating capacity to 17,131. The total capacity of 18,018 includes standing-room tickets. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...


There are no supporting pillars in the seating area of The Pit, so there are no obstructed views. The compact area and proximity of the seats to the floor contributes to the legendary noise level.


The basketball playing surface was named Bob King Court in 1992, after the coach who brought Lobo basketball to national prominence in the 1960s.[1] 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Apparently the first sporting event involving the University of New Mexico (UNM) was a football game on October 7, 1892. ...




Building "The Pit" "The Pit" Image File history File links Pit-const2. ... Image File history File links Pit-front3. ...


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University Arena, commonly known as The Pit, is a multi-purpose arena with a capacity of 18,018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The arena opened in 1966, and it serves primarily as home to the University of New Mexico Lobos Men's and Women's basketball teams.
The Pit has a reputation as one of the most hostile arenas in the country for visiting teams due to the large crowds of loud, raucous Lobo fans, seated right up to the edge of the court.
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