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Thompson-Boling Arena construction, 1986

Posted on January 24, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by
Construction of the University of Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, June 11, 1986. The home of the Tennessee men's and women's basketball teams opened in 1987 and is currently the third-largest on-campus basketball arena in the country with a seating capacity of 21,678. The distance from the playing floor to the roof is 120 feet, the equivalent of a 12-story building. In 2008 the stadium underwent a $35 million renovation that added loge seating and 32 luxury suites on the arena's north side. Only Syracuse's Carrier Dome, which also is utilized for football, and UNC's Dean Smith Center can seat more on-campus basketball fans. Men's basketball games against Kentucky occupy four of the top six attendance records at the stadium. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

Construction of the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, June 11, 1986. The home of the Tennessee men’s and women’s basketball teams opened in 1987 and is currently the third-largest on-campus basketball arena in the country, with a seating capacity of 21,678. The distance from the playing floor to the roof is 120 feet, the equivalent of a 12-story building. In 2008, the stadium underwent a $35 million renovation that added loge seating and 32 luxury suites on the arena’s north side. Only Syracuse’s Carrier Dome, which also is used for football, and UNC’s Dean Smith Center can seat more on-campus basketball fans. Men’s basketball games against Kentucky account for four of the six highest-attended men’s games at the arena. The Cats play the Volunteers on Tuesday at Thompson-Boling. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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