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Home of LSU Men's Basketball Pete Maravich Assembly Center

Facility Tour

History

Capacity: 13,215

In 2023-24, The Pete Maravich Assembly Center and LSU Basketball continues its legacy as the historic home of LSU basketball as the Tigers begin their 53rd season in the multi-purpose venue which opened late in 1971 and hosted its first men’s hoops game in Jan. 1972.

For a program that will play its 115th season, the former LSU Assembly Center is the venue that LSU has called its official home the longest following in the primary venues of the Huey Long Field House (now the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes) and the Ag Center on the opposite side of the campus. It is more commonly known to basketball fans as the “Cow Palace.”

Even after all these years, the Maravich Center is still a great place for basketball on the portable wood playing surface.

The building took on a much-needed new look prior to the 2017-18 season with the magnificent giant side and end video boards installed above the court that allows fans everywhere in the building to have a clear look at video and statistics. This season, the boards are being refurbished to keep them state-of-the-art vehicles to entertain and inform the fans during an evening at the Maravich Center.

New modern light capabilities offer some of the best light intensity that has been seen in the history of the building.

The building has seen constant changes since a three-year campaign began in 2005 once the LSU Athletic Department took over complete operation of the facility.

In a year when the building would also become famous worldwide as the site of the largest triage unit in history after Hurricane Katrina, the athletic department was able to finish its renovation in time for the 2005-06 season and turn the building back into a showcase for LSU men’s basketball.

An interactive concourse area depicting the history of the great players who have starred for LSU in the building, additional restrooms and new seats throughout the arena have taken the building to a new level.

Now, the building features a practice facility for men and women along with a men’s locker room complex helping the Assembly Center’s appeal for players and fans for years to come.

The Maravich Assembly Center is, like the other venues LSU basketball has bounced around in through its long history, unique in its own way.

Before moving across from Tiger Stadium (in the 1971-72 season), the Tigers set up shop in the Pavilion on the old LSU campus, the Huey Long Field House Gym Armory (now the Cox Communications Academic Center) and the John M. Parker Agricultural Center.

The building opened as the LSU Assembly Center. During the summer of 1988, then Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer signed legislation changing the official name of the building to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in honor of the LSU star who had died tragically earlier that same year.

The Maravich Center is also the home for the LSU volleyball, gymnastics and women’s basketball teams.

Pete Maravich never got to play any of his college ball in the Assembly Center, but the plans for the building came while he and the Tigers were packing the “Cow Palace” from 1967-70. So, like Yankee Stadium being the “House that (Babe) Ruth Built”, the Assembly Center can certainly be classified as the “Palace that Pete Built.”

Arena Facts

11.5 Million
Original cost of building — $11.5 million; one of the most visible structures on campus.

NCAA’s
Site of two NCAA Regional Basketball Tournaments: 1976, 1986

NIT’s
Site of seven NIT events: 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 2002, 2009, 2018

Women’s NCAA’s
Site of NCAA Women’s Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2022, 2023.

East to West
East-to-West, you can put a football field and still have almost 33 yards of space left.

North to South
North-to-South, you can put another gridiron and have about 13 yards extra.

3,113,380
There are over one-fifth of a million square feet enclosed and over one-quarter of a million square feet throughout for a total of 3,113,380 cubic feet.

1,750
A total of 1,750 tons of air conditioning keeps the interior at year-round comfort.

Practice Facility

LSU Basketball Practice Facility

The modern “workplace of hoops is helping LSU basketball be a better team and a better program every day.

While the front of the building is dominated by the statues of Shaquille O’Neal, Bob Pettit, Pete Maravich and Seimone Augustus, it is what goes on inside the facility that is most important to the present and future of the LSU men’s basketball program.

The chance to schedule practice when needed and the chance to get shots up or work on free throws any time is what makes this facility so important.

The facility features exact duplicate full-size gymnasiums for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Each has two portable goals and four overhead retractable goals. Both courts are exact replicas of the PMAC competition court. Each gym features a scoreboard, video filming balcony and scorer’s table with video and data connection. Each gyms spans 11,324 square feet and includes a regulation NCAA court in length with two regulation high school courts in the opposition direction.

The building also includes a central two-story lobby and staircase that ascends to the second level that has a room that can hold approximately 500 people for pre-game and post-game functions that leads into the Maravich Center concourse. The lobby showcases team displays and graphics, trophy cases and memorabilia from the long history of LSU Basketball.

The area also includes the men’s locker room, team lounge, training room, laundry facility, coaches locker room and storage area.

Most recently, a room in the facility was converted to a strength and conditioning room, allowing both teams to be able to complete their workouts in the basketball practice facility.

The facility was constructed by Guy Hopkins Construction of Baton Rouge based on designs by the firm of Tom Holden Architects of Baton Rouge in a unique joint venture with RDG Sports of Des Moines, Iowa.

Practice Facility Facts

Project Cost: $13,913,000

Ground Breaking: July 1, 2008

Facility Opening: Sept. 23, 2010 (Ribbon-cutting ceremony)

Total Project Area: 58,960 square feet of new construction and 1,100 square feet of renovated construction

Contractors: Guy Hopkins Construction of Baton Rouge based on the designs by the firm of Tom Holden Architects of Baton Rouge in a joint venture with RDG Sports of Des Moines, Iowa

  • Two state-of-the-art practice gyms each spanning 11,324 square feet; includes a regulation NCAA court in length with two regulation high school courts in the opposite direction.
  • Each gym has two portable goals and four overhead retractable goals; both are exact replicas of the PMAC competition court.
  • Each gym can hold up to 800 people for special events.
  • Each gym features a scoreboard, video filming balcony and scorer’s table with video and data connections to enable instant replay.
  • A central two-story lobby and grand staircase ascends to the second level. The lobby showcases team displays and graphics, trophy cases and memorabilia from the past.
  • The displays and wall graphics were designed by ZE Design of Centerville, Ohio.
  • On the second level of the facility is the Legends Club that opens to an extension of the Maravich Center concourse. It can hold approximately 500 people for pre-game and post-game functions.
  • Other areas of the addition include a Weight Room, Men’s Basketball Locker Room, Team Lounge, Training Room, Laundry Facility, Coach’s Locker Room and storage areas.

Year-by-Year Home Record/Attendance

Season Games Wins Losses Pct. Attendance Average
1971-72 12 8 4 .667 93,875 7,823
1972-73 12 8 4 .667 110,881 9,240
1973-74 14 9 5 .643 144,111 10,294
1974-75 12 6 6 .500 99,589 8,299
1975-76 16 10 6 .625 124,357 7,772
1976-77 16 11 5 .688 133,636 8,352
1977-78 15 11 4 .733 148,423 9,895
1978-79 14 13 1 .929 177,964 12,712
1979-80 14 12 2 .857 175,339 12,524
1980-81 15 15 0 1.000 205,622 13,708
1981-82 13 9 4 .692 171,305 13,177
1982-83 15 11 4 .733 180,795 12,053
1983-84 14 12 2 .857 177,596 12,685
1984-85 15 13 2 .867 195,927 13,062
1985-86 16 13 3 .813 201,820 12,614
1986-87 16 10 6 .625 165,182 10,324
1987-88 15 11 4 .733 174,414 11,628
1988-89 16 11 5 .688 192,016 12,001
1989-90 18 16 2 .889 246,257 13,681
1990-91 16 15 1 .938 214,473 13,405
1991-92 16 12 4 .750 209,345 13,084
1992-93 17 15 2 .882 186,318 10,960
1993-94 14 8 6 .571 152,117 10,866
1994-95 16 9 7 .563 172,888 10,806
1995-96 18 11 7 .611 165,710 9,206
1996-97 15 9 6 .600 111,722 7,448
1997-98 16 8 8 .500 114,266 7,142
1998-99 16 12 4 .750 123,941 7,746
1999-2000 16 15 1 .938 168,784 10,549
2000-01 16 9 7 .563 129,709 8,107
2001-02 17 12 5 .706 145,078 8,534
2002-03 18 16 2 .889 156,368 8,687
2003-04 15 12 3 .800 140,321 9,355
2004-05 15 14 1 .933 141,139 9,409
2005-06 16 14 2 .875 151,499 9,469
2006-07 18 14 4 .778 180,038 10,002
2007-08 15 9 6 .600 128,469 8,565
2008-09 21 19 2 .905 217,834 10,373
2009-10 18 11 7 .611 160,836 8,935
2010-11 18 8 10 .444 128,749 7,153
2011-12 15 11 4 .733 129,910 8,661
2012-13 17 14 3 .824 130,105 7,653
2013-14 16 13 3 .813 142,567 8,910
2014-15 17 13 4 .765 151,148 8,891
2015-16 18 15 3 .833 204,890 11,383
2016-17 16 8 8 .500 112,207 7,013
2017-18 18 14 4 .778 162,533 9,030
2018-19 17 15 2 .882 179,116 10,536
2019-20 17 15 2 .882 171,294 10,076
2020-21 * 13 11 2 .846 28,433 2,187
2021-22 17 15 2 .882 178,562 10,504
2022-23 18 10 8 .555 167,723 9,318
2023-24
Totals (1972-2023) 824 615 209 .746 8,184,679 9,933

* limited capacity due to COVID-19 pandemic

Largest Crowds

Top 20 Men’s Basketball Crowds (Paid)

Through 2021-22 season; Current seating configuration adopted in 2005-06 season; Capacity after remodeling of seating area prior to the 2005-06 season changed to 13,215.

Rank Attendance Opponent Date
1. 13,997 Kentucky Feb. 10, 2015
2. 13,882 Oklahoma Jan. 30, 2016
3. 13,839 Xavier (Ohio) Jan. 24, 2009
4. 13,610 Arkansas Jan. 16, 2016
5. 13,600 Alabama Jan. 13, 2018
6. 13,581 Tennessee Feb. 23, 2019
7. 13,573 Kentucky Jan. 5, 2016
8. 13,546 Vanderbilt March 9, 2019
9. 13,468 Florida Feb. 27, 2016
13,468 Georgia Jan. 25, 2006
11. 13,345 Florida Feb. 24, 2009
12. 13,311 Arkansas Feb. 2, 2019
13 13,260 Kentucky Feb. 18, 2020
14. 13,249 Vanderbilt March 4, 2009
15. 13,123 Mississippi St. Feb. 6, 2016
16. 13,121 Connecticut Jan. 6, 2007
17. 13,083 Kentucky Feb. 6, 2010
18. 12,928 Texas A&M Feb. 13, 2016
19. 12,881 Tennessee Feb. 8, 2022
20. 12,734 Arkansas Feb. 15, 2022

Top 20 Men’s Basketball Crowds (Paid)

Previous Seating Configuration

Rank Attendance Opponent Date
1. 15,694 Ole Miss Feb. 25, 1981
2. 15,399 Ole Miss Jan. 19, 1991
3. 15,242 Alabama Jan. 21, 1989
4. 15,192 Kentucky Jan. 19, 1981
5. 15,109 Vanderbilt Jan. 2, 1991
6. 15,093 Auburn Jan. 20, 1982
7. 14,987 Ole Miss Feb. 1, 1989
8. 14,799 Ole Miss Jan. 21, 1995
9. 14,687 Tennessee Jan. 24, 1981
10. 14,568 Auburn Jan. 15, 1979
11. 14,551 Kentucky Feb. 11, 1978
11. 14,551 UCLA Dec. 17, 1994
13. 14,486 Auburn Feb 9, 2000
14. 14,460 McNeese State Jan. 20, 1992
15. 14,449 Vanderbilt Jan. 7, 1981
16. 14,444 Houston Dec. 6, 1983
17. 14,429 Vanderbilt Jan. 31, 1981
18. 14,418 Kentucky Feb. 3, 1979
19. 14,417 Florida March 1, 1989
20. 14,413 Kentucky Jan. 27, 1973