Lawlor Events Center - Home of Wolf Pack Basketball

Location: 15th and North Virginia Streets, Reno, Nev.
Seating: 11,536-person theater seating area in an oval configuration.
Dimensions: Facility covers 201,400 square feet.
Main floor area measures 74'x184' with a 62-foot-high ceiling.
Concourse provides 24,300 square feet of space for crowd movement and exhibits.
Completed: October 1983
Cost: $26 million.
Phone: (775) 784-4659
Fax: (775) 784-4428
Website: http://www.unr.edu/lawlor

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Completed in 1983, Lawlor Events Center, located on the University of Nevada campus, has been home to Wolf Pack men’s basketball since its inception and to women’s basketball since the 1994-95 season.

Nevada has always had one of the premier facilities in its conference, whether it was the Big Sky, Big West or the Western Athletic Conference, which the Wolf Pack joined in the fall of 2000. The arena seats 11,536 in an oval configuration with every spectator enjoying a center-court line of sight. The seating capacity includes 60 seats mounted on the main floor, bringing fans nearly courtside on all four sides.

Named after Nevada’s legendary coach and athletic director Glenn “Jake” Lawlor, Lawlor Events Center was made possible by a grant approved by the Nevada State Legislature in 1979. Ground was originally broken in October 1981, and the construction project was completed on schedule for the grand opening on Nov. 4, 1983.

Originally built at a cost of $26 million, Lawlor Events Center has undergone periodic modifications and improvements. During the 1998-99 season, Lawlor Events Center unveiled a state-of-the-art electronic imaging scoreboard that allows fans to see highlights before each game, player pictures and stats, and includes two statistics boards at each end of the floor. At the start of the 1999-2000 season, in a never-ending effort to consistently modify the facility, the teams played on a new floor.

The arena’s capacity and the efforts taken to improve the facility made Lawlor the home of the Big West Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments from 1996-2000. It didn’t take the WAC long to tab Nevada for yet another championship tournament coming to Reno in 2005 and 2006. The WAC Tournaments return to Lawlor Events Center in 2009 and 2010.

The NBA has also chosen Lawlor to host exhibition games. So far, the Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, Seattle Supersonics and the New Orleans Hornets have all played at Lawlor. In addition to the NBA, the Harlem Globetrotters have also played in the Pack’s den.

Lawlor Events Center, however, is far from just a basketball arena.

The facility has served as host to concerts and events throughout its history. Lawlor has been host to such sporting events as the Professional Bull Riding Association’s Bull-Nanza and concerts such as Fleetwood Mac, Cher, Bette Midler, Metallica, Prince, Yellowcard and Hilary Duff.

As a concert facility, Lawlor is capable of seating 12,000 spectators, and the arena can be changed in configuration or reduced in size to accommodate smaller acts or to provide a more intimate theater setting.

Also utilized extensively for conventions and meetings, Lawlor’s main floor provides accommodations for large convention exhibits and can be used for large group gatherings.

The arena’s meeting and convention complex, which was upgraded in July of 2002, includes a large foyer for receptions and registration for meetings and conventions. Eight meeting/ banquet rooms provide nearly 10,000 square feet of space, which can be easily divided into smaller rooms with fully-movable partitions and service access to all areas.

Each of Nevada’s basketball teams have locker rooms in the facility with two more opponent locker rooms and two smaller dressing rooms. Additional rooms are utilized for press conferences, educational/social functions, performer rehearsals, personnel briefings, storage for performers, and auxiliary dining, as well as housing for the facility’s executive offices.

 

Lawlor Events Center

Lawlor Events Center

Men's Basketball Record at Lawlor Events Center

Home Record
Overall Record
Year W
L
Pct.
W
L
Pct.
1983-84 11
6
.647
17
14
.548
1984-85
13
1
.929
21
10
.677
1985-86
10
6
.625
13
15
.500
1986-87
11
4
.733
15
15
.500
1988-89
12
3
.800
16
12
.571
1989-90
10
4
.714
15
13
.536
1990-91
11
3
.786
17
14
.586
1991-92
14
2
.875
19
10
.655
1992-93
6
8
.429
9
17
.346
1993-94
10
4
.714
11
17
.393
1994-95
11
2
.846
18
11
.621
1995-96
9
4
.692
16
13
.552
1996-97
14
3
.824
21
10
.677
1997-98
11
4
.733
16
12
.571
1998-99
6
8
.429
8
18
.308
1999-00
6
7
.462
9
20
.310
2000-01
9
5
.643
10
18
.357
2001-02
10
4
.714
17
13
.567
2002-03
11
3
.786
18
14
.563
2003-04
15
0
1.000
25
9
.735
2004-05
13
4
.765
25
7
.781
2005-06
17
1
.944
27
6
.818
2006-07
15
1
.938
29
5
.853
2007-08
13
3
.813
21
12
.636
2008-09 13 8 .619 21 13 .618
2009-10 15 2 .882 21 13 .618
Totals
304
105
.743
470
343
.578

Women's Basketball Record at Lawlor Events Center

Home Record
Overall Record
Year W
L
Pct.
W
L
Pct.
1994-95
6
7
.462
10
18
.357
1995-96
5
9
.357
9
17
.346
1996-97
9
6
.600
13
13
.500
1997-98
12
7
.632
19
9
.679
1998-99
9
5
.643
9
19
.321
1999-00
13
3
.813
19
10
.655
2000-01
12
2
.857
16
13
.552
2001-02
7
7
.500
9
19
.321
2002-03
6
8
.429
10
19
.345
2003-04
3
11
.214
3
26
.103
2004-05
6
7
.462
8
22
.267
2005-06
9
5
.643
13
17
.433
2006-07
10
4
.714
17
15
.531
2007-08
12
3
.800
18
12
.600
Totals
119
84
.586
173
229
.430

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