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ETSU Mini-Dome

US / Tennessee
Listed By: Tennessee Entertainment Commission
Location ID: #052-10000875
With the exception of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains surrounding the city, perhaps the most dominant landmark in Johnson City, Tenn, and certainly the ETSU campus, is Memorial Center, better know as the Mini-Dome.The Mini-Dome is unique in that the facility undergoes a major metamorphosis each year between the passing sports seasons. A couple of times each year, the facility is transformed into a first-class indoor track facility. The Mini-Dome served as the site of the Southern Conference Championships in 2003, as it has been numerous times in the past. It will also serve as host of the Atlantic Sun Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships during the winter of 2006. Finally, the Dome serves as the home of the Buccaneer tennis teams in various tournaments and dual matches during the season. The Dome offers players and spectators the comforts of 78 degree temperatures in the winter and cool 68 degree marks in the warmer months. The climate is maintained by 1,140 tons of air conditioning, provided by the university’s chiller plant and by steam heat from the campus power plant. The facilities housed within the Mini-Dome include the main basketball floor, Gentry Field, two auxiliary basketball courts, a six-lane, 280-meter track, six racquetball/handball courts, six tennis courts, a rifle range, two gymnasiums, a strength training facility, several locker rooms, and a physical education research laboratory. The offices for most of ETSU’s varsity sports are also housed in the Dome, as well as the athletics administration and athletic media relations offices. In addition, the facility houses the Pirate Club Lounge, where contributors to ETSU athletics are entertained before and at halftime of athletic contests. The Ward Room, where other Pirate Club functions, press conferences, and athletics staff meetings are held, is another of the Dome’s many offerings. • The height above the arena floor is 121 feet. • The covered areas of the Mini-Dome cover approximately 184,000 square feet, or about 4.5 acres. The main arena covers 87,300 square feet, while the exterior of the building measures 435 feet by 424 feet. • It took more than four years to complete the Mini-Dome and cost $8.3 million to build. • Construction began in March of 1973 and the building was used for the first time on September 10, 1977. • The largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game at Memorial Center was 14,051 on October 14, 1994, when the Charlotte Hornets played the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA exhibition game. Click here for additional info.

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  • SCHOOLS - [general]
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  • SCHOOLS - Universities / Colleges
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  • SPORTS - [general]
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  • SPORTS - Arenas / Stadiums
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  • SPORTS - Basketball Courts
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  • SPORTS - Football Fields
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  • SPORTS - Track & Field

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Johnson City, TN
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Tennessee Entertainment Commission
Nashville, TN
Phone: 615.741.3456
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