Josh Oakes, Stadium Journey

New Review: Tennessee Basketball

Tennessee basketball has a stylish home with a playing surface named after one of the game's most important legends. Review by Regional Correspondent Josh Oakes

Nestled along the banks of the Tennessee River among the gently rolling hills of the state that bears the same name are the University of Tennessee and Thompson-Boling Arena. Home of the Tennessee Volunteers, the current capacity is 21,678, which makes it the third largest on campus basketball arena in the United States, behind the Carrier Dome of Syracuse and the Dean Smith Center at Chapel Hill. On December 3, 1987, Thompson-Boling Arena officially opened and saw the Volunteers defeat Marquette 82-56 in front of 25,272 fans. The initial capacity was a shade over 24,000, and remained so until renovations in 2007 saw the addition of 32 luxury suites in the upper deck behind the team benches. In addition to being the home of the men's and women's basketball teams and the volleyball team, this arena is also used for concerts, conventions, monster truck rallies, and a myriad of other events.

The arena itself is named after business mogul B. Ray Thompson and former UT President Dr. Edward J. Boling. In March of 2005, The University of Tennessee named the court "The Summitt" in honor of legendary women?s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who led the Lady Vols to an astounding 1,098 victories and eight National Championships.

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