SBJ/November 22 - 28, 2004/Facilities

Bulldogs break in a new house for hoops

Gonzaga University is taking its basketball act to a bigger stage.

Gonzaga’s new arena offers more seating for fans, revenue opportunities for school.
The Spokane, Wash., school’s men’s basketball program has won more than 90 percent of its home games in the past decade, has gone to the NCAA tournament in each of the last six years and routinely has played in front of capacity crowds. It’s all happened for the Bulldogs at the intimate confines of the 30-year-old, 4,000-seat Martin Centre, reverently known as The Kennel.

This year, Gonzaga opens its new on-campus home, the $25 million, 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center.

Every one of the university’s self-imposed allotment of 4,200 season tickets for men’s basketball has been sold under five-year contracts, ranging in price from $400 to $3,700 annually. An additional 1,200 seats are set aside per game for use by Gonzaga’s 6,000-member student body. Those seats are located in the arena’s first 15 rows in an attempt to recreate the fervent atmosphere of the team’s former home.

Gonzaga will receive approximately $1 million a year in corporate marketing revenue from companies that have signed on as Championship Level partners at the new arena: Kallispell Tribe of Indians, Les Schwab Tires, Payne Financial Group, Pepsi, Toyota and U.S. Bank. In addition, an increase in permanent concession points of sale from six to 32 is expected to increase food and beverage sales for the university.

McCarthey Athletic Center

City: Spokane, Wash.
Tenants: Gonzaga University men’s and women’s basketball
Owner and operator: Gonzaga University
Architects and construction manager: ALSC Architects, Ellerbe Becket; Garco Construction Inc. (design-build group)
No. of seats: 6,000
No. of suites: 6
No. of club seats: 0
Projected cost: $25 million
Funding: 100 percent through university-sold bonds backed by revenue from several sources, including the Arena Building Partners Fund, season-ticket sales and corporate partnerships. The building is named for school alumni Tom and Phil McCarthey, who gave the lead gift on the facility.
Concessionaire: Sodexho
Pouring rights: Pepsi
Scoreboard provider: Daktronics
Floor providers: Connor Sports Flooring, Northern Hardwood Co.
Seat provider: Hussey Seating Co.
First games: Nov. 19 (men), Nov. 20 (women)

Company (work performed)
A.M. Landshaper Inc. (landscaping)
Advanced Fireproof & Insulation Inc. (masonry cell insulation)
American Building Maintenance Inc. (general maintenance)
American Hardware (wood doors and hardware)
Bob Hull Interiors Inc. (interiors)
Central Pre-Mix Prestress Inc. (precast structures and concrete)
Coffman Engineers Inc. (structural engineer)
Commercial Firestop Inc. (firestopping)
Conover Concrete Products (concrete)
Conseal Enterprises Inc. (security services)
Contract Cabinets Inc. (cabinetry)
Contractor Consulting Service (general services)
DCI Engineers Inc. (civil and structural engineer)
Division Eight Inc. (finish carpentry)
Dupree Building Specialties (specialties)
Fire Control Sprinkler Systems (fire protection piping)
FP Engineering (fire protection)
Geoengineers Inc. (geotechnical engineer)
Inland Asphalt Co. (paving)
Inland Tree Service Inc. (landscaping)
Kilgore Architectural Inc. (translucent panels, sliding counter fire doors)
KOP Construction Co. (cabinets)
Krueger Sheet Metal Co. (sheet metal)
L&L Architectural Sign Inc. (signage)
Mackin & Little Inc. (plumbing)
Maiani Construction Services Inc. (air and water balancing)
Marlin Windows Inc. (windows)
Metals Fabrication Co. (structural steel, metal fabrications, metal stairs, pipe railings)
Michael R. Yantis Associates Inc. (acoustical consulting)
MT Pockets (waterproofing)
MW Consulting Engineers (electrical engineer)
Nor-Pac Systems Inc. (seat installation)
Northside Bobcat Service Inc. (equipment)
Parmely & Associates Inc. (ventilation)
Performance Contracting Inc. (acoustical ceilings and partitions)
Porter Athletic Equipment Co. (portable basketball standards)
Power City Electric Inc. (electrical)
Pro Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. (HVAC)
R.W. Fab Inc. (steel)
RJ Jarvis Enterprises Inc. (metal fabricator)
RL Drafting Ltd. (blueprints)
Schindler (elevators)
Spilker Masonry Co. (masonry)
Spokane Restaurant Equipment Co. (concessions equipment)
Standard Plumbing Heating Corp. (plumbing)
T.C. Sherry & Associates (landscape architects)
Taylor Engineering Inc. (civil engineer)
Tombari Structural Products (steel deck, steel joist)
Tri-States Rebar Inc. (reinforcing steel)
Wayne Powell Painting Inc. (painting)
Wayne-Dalton Corp. (overhead doors)
Woodard Construction Inc. (earthwork)
Sources: Garco Construction Inc., SportsBusiness Journal research

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