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Mizzou Arena is home to the Missouri Tigers men’s and women’s basketball teams and hosts a number of concerts and events during the off-season. The stadium opened in 2004 and has a capacity of 15,061. Mizzou Arena cost $75 million to build.
Location: 1 Champions Drive, Suite 200 Columbia MO 65211
Box office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Area: 320,801 gross square feet
Built: Groundbreaking in 2002
Tax status: Exempt
In an effort to add more seats for the Missouri Tigers basketball games, the $75 million sports arena broke ground Sept. 21, 2002. Mizzou Arena, located in the sports park that also houses the Hearnes Center and Faurot Field, holds more than 15,000 seats, has 26 suites, basketball offices, a box office and the Missouri Athletics Hall of Fame.
Missouri basketball players also have access to a training room and 24-hour practice gym. The locker room features a film room, player lounge and nutrition center.
The arena was originally supposed to be named Paige Sports Arena, after Wal-Mart heiress Elizabeth Paige Laurie. The parents of Laurie, Bill and Nancy Laurie, received the naming rights to the arena after donating $25 million to the stadium.
Paige Laurie attended University of Southern California, not the University of Missouri. After it was discovered that Laurie had been paying her roommate to do her homework for her, though, the naming rights were returned to MU. The name was then changed to Mizzou Arena.
The arena is also well-known for hosting concerts and other events. Musical artists such as The Pixies, Kanye West, ZZ Top and Elton John have played at Mizzou Arena. Comedians Dave Chapelle and Larry the Cable Guy have put on performances in the past. The arena has also hosted a number events such as World Wrestling Entertainment, KC’s Boogie Blast and Lipizzaner Stallions.
The Missouri Tiger men’s basketball team has been successful at home since the stadium. The team is 87-19 at Mizzou Arena all-time and 32-16 against conference foes.
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Updated: March 18, 2012