mCcarthey athletic center

spokane, washington

collegiate ATHLETICS

The McCarthey Athletic Center is the new home for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs basketball games. The 6,000 seat Arena was completed within a 20-month period using a design-build process. The design and construction responded to tight budget parameters and resulted in a spectacular, state-of-the-art athletic center.

To replicate the standing-room-only feeling of the former "Kennel", McCarthey was designed with steep seating risers, making every seat feel closer to the basketball floor than with normally tiered seating. A powerful speaker cluster hangs over center court, with two high-resolution video displays at each end and two LED boards running the length of the court. A comprehensive media infrastructure accommodates broadcasts from the facility.

Client: Gonzaga University

Design Architect: Ellerbe Becket

Architect of Record: ALSC Architects

General Contractor: Garco Construction


Venue Tenant: Gonzaga University

Conference: West Coast Conference

Classification: Division IA

Project Completion: November 2004

Seating Capacity: 6,000