Marriott CenterEdit profile
Marriott Center is a 22,700-seat multi-purpose arena at 1497 N 450 E on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and is home to the BYU Cougars men's and women's basketball teams. It was named in honor of J. Willard Marriott, the LDS founder of the Marriott Corporation (and a graduate of BYU's archrival, the University of Utah). When the arena opened in 1971, it replaced the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena as the largest college basketball arena in the United States. It was also the largest venue in the nation built for basketball, being larger than any NBA arena at that time. It would lose both distinctions when the University of Kentucky men's basketball team moved into Rupp Arena in 1976, but would remain the nation's largest basketball-specific facility on a college campus until 1987, when the University of Tennessee opened Thompson-Boling Arena. The Marriott Center regained its claim as the largest on-campus arena built for basketball in 2007 when a renovation and the addition of luxury suites decreased Thompson-Boling's capacity. The Carrier Dome, a domed stadium at Syracuse University is the only other on-campus facility that holds a larger capacity when configured for basketball. Previously, the Cougars basketball team played at the Smith Fieldhouse. The facility hosted the 1988 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament. It also hosted the West Regionals of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in 1972, 1977, 1979 and 1982. On February 7, 1993 the Marriott Center was the location where Cody Judy threatened Howard W. Hunter with a supposed bomb in front of a crowd of 15,000-17,000 onlookers. The court was replaced in 2003 with a permanent floor.