Kohl Center
The Kohl Center is an arena and athletic center at the University of Wisconsin”“Madison, United States. The building, which opened in 1998, is the home of the university's men's and women's basketball and ice hockey teams. Seating capacity is variable, as the center can be rearranged to accommodate a basketball court, a hockey rink, or a concert. The maximum capacity is 17,230 in its basketball configuration, and 15,325 for ice hockey. The center has three levels, with the floor holding about 7,500 people, and the two upper balconies about 4,500 each. It is the third largest indoor venue in Wisconsin and the largest outside Milwaukee. The arena is located on the southeast corner of the UW”“Madison campus, at the intersection of West Dayton and North Frances Streets.

The sporting arena is named after United States Senator Herb Kohl, who donated $25 million of his Kohl's grocery and department store fortune to the building project. It is the largest single donation in University of Wisconsin System history. Former Wisconsin Badgers basketball player, Albert Nicholas, and his wife donated $10 million toward the project, with the adjoining practice pavilion named the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion and Plaza. Jack F. Kellner and his sons donated an additional $2.5 million to the project. Wisconsin-based Hammes Company developed the arena for UW”“Madison in 1993.

Home court advantage
The arena has become exceptionally difficult for opposing teams to play in, especially in men's basketball, helped in part by the student section known as the Grateful Red. At the end of the 2008”“2009 season, the men's basketball team had achieved a record of 153”“16 at the Kohl Center, with only six losses between 2001 and 2007. The arena garnered attention when the men's basketball team compiled a 38-game home winning streak, which came to end during the 2004”“2005 season at the hands of the No. 1 ranked University of Illinois. At the end of the 2009-2010 season, the men's basketball team has achieved a record of 136-11 at the Kohl Center under Coach Bo Ryan. The Kohl Center boasts the nation's highest attendance in men's and women's college hockey.

Prior to the Kohl Center, the basketball teams played at the Wisconsin Field House, while ice hockey was played at the Dane County Coliseum. The hockey teams still may play there if there is an event conflict, because basketball has scheduling priority. Originally, the overhead scoreboard from the UW Field House was installed in the Kohl Center because the cost of a new scoreboard unit wasn't included in the figure for the new arena. The old scoreboard remained in the Kohl Center for seven years, and after the money was raised, a new and modern circular unit was bought and installed before the 2004-2005 winter sports season. At the same time a LED ribbon board was installed, which surrounds the arena below the second balcony, displaying advertising, messages, and scores. The design of the Kohl Center is modeled somewhat after that of the Field House with cantilevered balconies instead of a setback style. This was done to intimidate opponents and bring all fans close to the action. A bar and restaurant was added to the second level in 2005. The area is for pre-game gatherings of boosters who have made donations to the athletic department. In 2006 a second student-athlete academic center was built on the lower level of the Kohl Center to provide student athletes easier access to academic services. Prior to the 2006 men's basketball season, the UW Athletic Department sold 48 courtside seats, at a price of $10,000 to $12,500 each. The available seats sold out, and a waiting list was created for the sale of seats that become available in the future. Space for the seats was created by eliminating part of the courtside seating for media. The addition of these seats has increased maximum capacity for men's basketball from 17,142 to 17,190. Prior to the 2008-2009 season some of the seating in the upper deck was also reconfigured, adding more seating to the arena to bring capacity for men's basketball to 17,230. Part of the athletic department's master plan is add a practice rink for ice hockey within the next decade. One configuration under consideration would place the rink next to the Nicholas Johnson Pavilion, where it would serve as an alternative practice facility for the men's hockey team and a game and practice facility for the women's hockey team. The front entrance lobby features a wall scuplture from glass sculptor Dale Chihuly called "Mendota Wall"

Other events
Other events are held at the Kohl Center, including commencement ceremonies for the UW and Madison high schools, concerts, ice skating shows, career fairs, political gatherings, and conventions. The Kohl Center is the site of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) high school boys' basketball and individual wrestling championships. It has also hosted an NCAA women's volleyball national championship (Dec. 17-19, 1998), an NCAA men's basketball regional championship (March 22-24, 2002) and an NCAA men's hockey regional championship (March 28-30, 2008). The Kohl Center also hosts the annual Varsity Band Spring Concert, an event that began in March 1975 and has grown into a three-night affair with professional staging, lighting, sound and pyrotechnics. The concert averages 25,000 attendees every year. On February 12, 2008, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke before a crowd of over 17,000 prior to the Wisconsin primary. The 2008 Jeopardy! College Championship was taped on April 11 and 12, 2008, at the Kohl Center.

  • Aerosmith - February 8, 1998 and May 6, 2004, with Cheap Trick
  • Shania Twain - July 25, 1998 and October 27, 2003
  • Neil Diamond - November 3, 1998
  • Phish - November 6, 1998
  • Rod Stewart - April 10, 1999
  • Cher - September 14, 1999 and September 12, 2002
  • ZZ Top - October 20, 1999, with Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Tina Turner - March 24, 2000
  • Britney Spears - March 21, 2000
  • KISS - July 11, 2000
  • Matchbox Twenty - October 8, 2000
  • Bob Dylan - October 29, 2000, October 31, 2001 and October 31, 2006, with The Foo Fighters
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill - November 27, 2000 and May 18, 2006
  • AC/DC - May 11, 2001, with Wide Mouth Mason
  • Sting - May 15, 2001 and April 15, 2005, with Annie Lennox
  • Emmylou Harris - August 14, 2002
  • Bon Jovi - March 29, 2003 and November 16, 2005
  • Elton John and Billy Joel - April 6, 2003
  • The Eagles - October 20, 2003
  • Fleetwood Mac - May 8, 2004
  • Kenny Chesney - April 8, 2005 and August 3, 2006
  • Keith Urban - September 22, 2005
  • The Dave Matthews Band - November 29, 2005
  • The Rascal Flatts - February 4, 2006 and February 7, 2009
  • Tool - September 19, 2006, with Isis
  • The Blue Man Group - April 25, 2008
  • Billy Joel - May 7, 2009


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