After 39 years competing in the powerful atmosphere of the Kennel in the Charlotte Y. Martin Centre, Gonzaga Basketball shot over to the newly built, $25 million, 148,000 ft2 McCarthey Athletic Center. Completed in November 2004, the McCarthey Athletic Center became the new "Kennel."
After the Gonzaga men's basketball team made its epic run to the Elite Eight, Phil and Tom McCarthey, pledged their support to Gonzaga Athletics by funding the building of the McCarthey Athletic Center.
"I was blown away," said Tom, who graduated from Gonzaga in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in English and is currently on the Board of Trustees. "There was a sort of magic about [the new arena] and just the feeling about it brought something special to the school and to the whole city."
Tom knew the growth of the basketball program would result in the development of the University as a whole. Phil's reason to support for the project was a little different. Phil, who is also a 1974 graduate in English Literature and is a Trustee emeritus, was impressed by the way Gonzaga's athletic programs were co-curricular, not extra-curricular. The student-athletes at Gonzaga are a part of the University and are not above their fellow students. They are both students and athletes and the athletic department's focus, ultimately, is to nurture all aspects: mind, body and spirit.
"Our basketball players - men and women - are students from various backgrounds but they understand who and what Gonzaga is all about," Phil said. "Gonzaga is a very special place. They believe in educating people the world needs most."
ADA parking spaces are available in the East Lot, and South Lot adjacent to the McCarthey Athletic Center. A Disabled placard, license plate, or East Lot parking pass must be presented.
All parking, including ADA spaces, are on a first-come first-serve bases. Gonzaga University is not responsible for illegal parking of their patrons.
Vehicular access to the loading dock is located on the south side of the McCarthey Athletic Center, between the Volkar Center and McCarthey Athletic Center. No parking is permitted in this area on event days.
There are four visiting team locker rooms, two officials' locker rooms, two coaches' locker rooms, and two home team locker rooms located on the event level of the McCarthey Athletic Center. Each are equipped with shower and restroom facilities. The home team locker rooms are professional style with a lounge, circular locker area, shower and restroom areas, and a storage room.
Photo media may sit on the floor behind the media line at each of the baselines or at the media table on the north side of the court, with proper credentials. Other media sections are in section 114 and 116 on the concourse level. Please contact the Sports Information office at 509.313.6373, 48 hours before an event for more information. The media room, located off the southwest corner of the court, is fully operable one hour before game time. All persons entering this room must have proper credentials.
Men's and women's restrooms are located at each corner of the concourse and near the elevator on the event floor. Family restrooms are also available on the north concourse.
Funding entirely through donor support and installed by Daktronics in the fall of 2017, the video and sound in McCarthey received a major renovation. The upgrades and additions include a centerhung videoboard system with 21-foot by 12.5-foot rectangle screens facing the sidelines, 12.5-foot by 12.5-foot squares facing the baselines and a pair of 36-foot by 9-foot endwall boards that replaced the previously existing video screens and accompanying stat panels. The centerhung board will also feature a full circular ring underneath that is three feet high and has a circumference of 64.5 feet. The videoboards feature team introductions, dynamic score and statistical information, instant replay, animations and graphics, interactive elements and sponsor content. The project keeps the McCarthey Athletic Center on the cutting edge of college athletics and will continue to draw fans into the excitement of the action.
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