THE ROUNDHOUSE The McKenzie Arena, originally named the UTC Arena, was officially dedicated in December, 1982. It’s construction is the result of a cooperative venture between the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, The University of Tennessee and the State of Tennessee. The 210,000-square-foot, $15.5 million multipurpose complex is home to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s basketball teams. It also houses UTC’s wrestling practice area, weight room, training room, athletic administrative offices, coaches offices and locker rooms for football, wrestling and men’s and women’s basketball. The Arena was renamed The McKenzie Arena on Feb. 21, 2000 after a generous donation from supporters Toby and Brenda McKenzie of Cleveland, Tenn. The Arena’s longtime nickname “The Roundhouse” came about because of the facility’s round shape, but also because of the railroad tradition in the city. The building that housed the mechanism to turn locomotives around when it reached the terminal was known as the roundhouse. The Arena has also supplies some major entertainment acts for the city of Chattanooga. In addition to ice shows, rodeos and circuses, the Arena has also provided a stage for such performers as Elton John who made his second appearance this year, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Cher, Def Lepard and Alabama. Kenny Rogers was the building’s first event, performing for a crowd of 12,000 on Oct. 8, 1982.
2011-12 Women's Basketball media guide