Bud Walton Arena
Bud Walton Arena (also known as the Basketball Palace of Mid-America and The House that Nolan built) is the home to the men's and women's basketball teams of the University of Arkansas, known as the Razorbacks. It is located on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas and has a seating capacity of 19,368, which is the fifth largest for an on-campus arena in the United States.

Construction
The arena is named after James "Bud" Walton, co-founder of Wal-Mart, who donated a large portion of the funds needed to build the arena. Walton purportedly gave 15 million, or around half of the construction cost. Construction of the arena took only 18 months, a short time considering the size of the undertaking.

Early years
The arena has been the home to the Razorbacks since November of 1993; the men's team won the national championship in the arena's first season of operation. The previous arena in which both teams played, Barnhill Arena, was renovated into a volleyball-specific facility and now houses the Razorback women volleyball team. Bud Walton Arena has more seats in less space than in any other facility of the same type anywhere in the world.

Improvements
The past few years have brought a number of enhancements and improvements to the arena. In 2004, a new custom scoreboard was debuted which is 24 feet, three inches wide by 22 feet tall, features four video screens, each 12 feet, six inches wide by eight feet, 10 inches tall. (Also, there is an LED ring at the top that is used to display game statistics.) In 2005, the locker rooms were remodeled, and a lounge and meeting area were added. Prior to the 2008-09 season, the University of Arkansas expanded the arena by eight luxury suites, raising the total to 47. In addition, courtside seating was added, the student section was reconfigured, and press seating was moved to the East side of the arena behind the basket. LED ribbon boards were also installed around the ring between the upper and lower decks and were first used during Arkansas's upset of #4 Oklahoma on December 30, 2008. The addition of these improvements expanded seating to 19,368.

Statistics of Bud Walton Arena
Average attendance (16 seasons ranked in the top 15 in the country): 17,160 Attendance Record: 20,320 vs. Kentucky January 26, 1997 Attendance Chart (men) for every year Bud Walton Arena has been in operation

Season Overall Record SEC Record Overall Attendance Average Attendance Rank Nationally 1993”“94 16”“0 (1.000) ( NCAA National Champions) 8”“0 (1.000) 322,146 20,134 4th 1994”“95 14”“1 (.933) ( NCAA Runner-Up) 7”“1 (.875) 301,212 20,081 4th 1995”“96 14”“4 (.778) 6”“2 (.750) 346,698 19,261 5th 1996”“97 15”“3 (.833) 6”“2 (.750) 329,540 18,308 5th 1997”“98 15”“0 (1.000) 8”“0 (1.000) 291,089 19,406 4th 1998”“99 14”“2 (.875) 6”“2 (.750) 292,704 18,294 5th 1999”“00 9”“5 (.643) 5”“3 (.625) 249,300 17,807 6th 2000”“01 16”“2 (.889) 7”“1 (.875) 292,057 16,225 9th 2001”“02 11”“5 (.688) 5”“3 (.625) 241,033 15,065 13th 2002”“03 8”“8 (.500) 3”“5 (.375) 236,638 14,790 14th 2003”“04 10”“6 (.625) 4”“4 (.500) 236,676 14,792 13th 2004”“05 13”“3 (.813) 5”“3 (.625) 252,608 15,788 9th 2005”“06 15”“1 (.938) 7”“1 (.875) 239,336 14,958 12th 2006”“07 13”“3 (.813) 5”“3 (.625) 267,520 16,720 9th 2007”“08 15”“1 (.938) 7”“1 (.875) 274,360 17,148 8th 2008”“09 12”“6 (.667) 2”“6 (.250) 288,781 16,043 11th 2009”“10 11-8 (.579) 5-3 (.625) 256,667 13,509 17th Totals 217”“55 (.798) 90”“38 (.703) 4,656,789 16,691 Avg. Rank: 8th

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