McKale Center

McKale Center Tickets - McKale Center Events


The McKale Center has become a hot spot for catching rim-rocking college basketball action. The facility was originally created to house the University of Arizona Wilcats men's basketball team. The arena is named for former athletic director and coach of all sports at the university, J.F. "Pops" McKale. He was a figure of the university from 1914 to 1957, and served as the head basketball coach of the Wildcats from 1914 to 1921. The iconic athletic director and coach is not only credited with establishing the basketball team at the UA, but he is also credited with helping to establish the school's mascot. After a tough game against a rival school, a local newspaper deemed the men's basketball team "Wildcats." McKale made sure the name stuck and became the school's mascot.

The $8 million facility became the home of the UA men's and women's basketball teams in 1973, and has been giving fans a thrilling sports experience ever since. The arena can seat more than 14,000 cheering fans, as they watch the Wildcats defeat their fiercest opponents. Since the Wildcats first began playing at McKale Center, they have outscored countless teams and the events center has been the site of many exciting matchups between UA and their toughest competition.

Teams/Events Hosted

McKale Center is home to the UA Wildcats men's basketball team who has been a top-seeded team in the NCAA for several years. Part of their success has come from playing in a state-of-the-art facility. The stadium has been the site for several playoff games featuring University of Arizona basketball team, and it continues to be a venue full of excitement and non-stop sports action.

The stadium has not only been the site of numerous net-swishing battles between college basketball teams, but it has also been the site of many other exciting events including the Pac-10 Conference men's basketball tournament, an event hosted by President Barack Obama and several NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournaments. The facility is said to be one of the best events centers in the country for home court advantage and fan-friendly amenities. Wildcats' games are always well-attended. And there's always plenty of room for the team's adoring fans in the second largest arena in the Pac-12.

And the stadium isn't just about sports. It also hosts some of the most exciting concerts and live musical performances in the country. And with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, you are sure to have a memorable concert experience.

Home City

This state-of-the-art arena is located in Tucson, Arizona, which is home to just over 520,000 people making it one of the largest cities in the US and the second largest in Arizona. The Tucson economy relies heavily on the design and manufacture of optics and optoelectronics systems, giving the city the name Optics Valley. The town's name comes from the Native American phrase meaning "base of the black hill,' which refers to its proximity to the foothills of a volcanic mountain.

Tucson is not only filled with desert beauty, but it is also a hub for arts and cultural in the Southwest. Each year, thousands of people flock to the city to participate in a number of festivals, including the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the Festival of Books, the Folk Festival, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair and the Tucson Rodeo, which is also called Fiesta de los Vaqueros. A number of accomplished writers have come from Tucson, including David Foster Wallace and Barbara Kingslover. There's something for everyone in this thriving town.

Parking/Seating Layout

When game time comes, you don't want to be stuck trying to find a parking spot. Finding a suitable parking location for your car, SUV, truck or RV is crucial to an enjoyable experience at the stadium. There are several options when it comes to parking near the stadium, all of which are within walking distance of the arena. And although you might have to pay a nominal parking fee, it is worth it. And if you get to the game early and possess a season tailgate pass, you can set up your tailgate party before the big game.

There are several ways to park at McKale Center. You can park and walk to the arena from one of the many surface parking lots around the campus that include student and employee parking. And if you're a Wildcat Club season ticket holder, then you will have the chance to park in pre-determined locations that offer closer spots and less of a walk to the action.

Seating is available all around the Wildcats' home court, with courtside seating and several sections of general admission seating. With clear sightlines and an excellent sound and visual system, you won't miss a moment of the action. The stadium also offers devoted fans premium seating in two locations at the McKale Center, to give those special fans a chance to enjoy the big game in luxury.


Even though the McKale Center is already a great place to catch an intense matchup between the Wildcats and their toughest opponents, university officials have already approved renovations to the facility, to create an even better environment for fans and players alike. The remodel will take place in several phases and will include the addition of a club area, luxury seating, athletic offices and a larger concourse for more concessions.

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