Kohl Center History
Kohl Center, which opened in 1998, is home to the University of Wisconsin Badgers basketball
and hockey teams and is the second largest arena in the state. The name comes from Senator Herb Kohl who was instrumental
in the building of the venue by donating 25 million dollars to the university to be used in the construction of the arena.
Kohl Center replaced Wisconsin Fieldhouse as home of the Badgers' basketball team and Dane County Coliseum as home of the
Badgers' ice hockey team. Just before the 2006 men's basketball season got underway the University of Wisconsin sold 46 court
side seats for $10,000 and $12, 500 a piece and the seats sold out immediately.
Kohl Center Events
addition to hosting some of the best college basketball and hockey games in the country Kohl Center has held some of the biggest
concerts in all of Wisconsin. Other events including the Wisconsin high school boys and girls basketball championships as
well as the wrestling championships are held at Kohl Center. It has also hosted the NCAA women's volleyball championship,
the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Regional Rounds, and the NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament Regional Rounds. The Varsity Band
Spring Concert is one of the biggest draws of the year outside of Badgers basketball and hockey and brings in 25,000 visitors
over the three day affair.
Madison is the capital and second largest city in Wisconsin.
The city was ranked second in the nation in terms of education and in addition to the University of Wisconsin is home to three
other institutions of higher learning including Madison Media Institute, Madison Area Technical College, and Edgewood College.
It is regularly ranked as one of the best places in the country to live and was chosen the number one place in the United
States to live in 1996. The Madison Symphony Orchestra, The Madison Opera, Forward Theater, and other performing arts companies
provide ample cultural opportunities for residents and visitors to Madison.
Kohl Center Seating Layout
Center seats more than 17,200 for basketball games and over 15,300 for hockey. It has been regarded as one of the best arenas
in college sports since it opened and the large students section as well as the throngs of local fans and alumni provide the
Badgers with an unbelievable home court and home ice advantage. There is perhaps no more exciting place to enjoy a college
hockey or basketball game in the country, and as the Badgers are regular contenders in both sport they are sure to give fans
plenty to cheer about.
Kohl Center was home to Jeopardy! College Championship in 2008 as well as
both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Science Olympiad National Tournament in 2011. Barack Obama delivered a campaign
speech at Kohl Center in 2008 on the eve of the Wisconsin primary. In 2005 a bar and restaurant were added on the second floor
of Kohl Center and this area provides a meeting area for boosters and other donators to meet prior to games. Kohl Center is
the proud owner of the highest attendance in both men's and women's college hockey.