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The Kohl Center FAQ

  • Kohl Center information telephone number: (608) 263-KOHL
  • 460,000 square foot multipurpose facility (Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Concerts, Family Shows, Commencement, State High School Championships, Tournaments).
  • Capacity:

17,230 for Men's Basketball, which includes Courtside Seating
17,142 for Women's Basketball
13,313 for Hockey
(plus an additional 1,896 obstructed view seats)

End Stage Concerts:
360 Degrees -- 17,659
270 Degrees -- 14,315
180 Degrees -- 11,954

1,827 in the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion

  • Intimate - double balcony configuration brings seats closer to the event floor.
  • Accessible - building meets all ADA requirements and exceeds these requirements in many areas. Highlights: 333 wheelchair and wheelchair companion locations, 6 TDD telephones, tactile/audible directories, assisted listening devices, at grade entry, two passenger elevators, family restrooms.
  • 26 public restrooms with 54% of fixtures for women. Seven family (unisex) restrooms. All restrooms are equipped with diaper changing stations and all plumbing fixtures have touchless flush valves or faucets.
  • Excellent sight lines. Variable rise seating system converts 1,548 end arena seats from Hockey seating to Basketball seating configurations.
  • 36 luxury suites (28 on Kohl concourse, 8 on Kellner concourse). Three suites (Nicholas Suites) available for rent on an event by event basis with capacities for up to 160 people.
  • 18 concession stands with 93 sale points (25 ADA) and 10 portable food stands. Two stands are equipped with a grill and three stands are equipped with pizza ovens.
  • Retail store (2,400 square feet).
  • Automatic teller machine.
  • 15 payphones (6 TDD).
  • 14 ticket sales windows.
  • Full service kitchen providing cuisine for suites and catered events.
  • Four loading dock bays and one drive-in bay.
  • Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion - 22,000 square foot practice gymnasium with three basketball/volleyball courts. Public restrooms and a delivery dock have been included to accommodate functions for up to 1,827 people.
  • 2300 square foot sports medicine facility.
  • 1600 square foot strength and conditioning room.
  • Eight locker rooms: home hockey, home men's basketball, home women's basketball, visiting basketball, visiting hockey, officials, and two tournament locker rooms.
  • Full service equipment room with laundry facilities for teams.

Media accommodations:

  • 835 square foot work room
  • 1870 square foot interview room
  • dark room
  • house photo strobe system
  • house broadcast cabling system

Concert accommodations:

  • six Super Trouper II follow spot lights.
  • eight spot light platforms
  • 40'x60', Stage Right, roll and set stage.
  • 1,800 amps for show power (400 isolated for sound).
  • Engineered safety cabling system for rigging at roof steel level.

Site features:

  • "Kohl Center Promenade", the light sculpture created by two University of Wisconsin-Madison art professors (Steve Feren and Gail Simpson), consists of 12 seventeen-foot tall light towers using concrete, bronze, stainless steel, acrylic, and 2,400 computer-controlled L.E.D.s (Light Emitting Diodes).
  • 80 new trees planted (8 different species)
  • 100,000 square feet of green space
  • 80' wide plaza at main entry available for outdoor events.
  • 61 bike racks (2 bikes per rack).

Construction finishes:

  • 30,000 square feet of glass.
  • Granite tile and stainless steel walk off grates in entry vestibules.
  • Terrazzo floors at concourses and public restrooms.
  • Portugese stone tile to 5' on walls.


  • Dale Chihuly - (world renown blown glass artist and former UW student) Mendota wall at main entry.
  • Replication of crest from Fieldhouse installed on building, adjacent to main entry. Crest includes tile work by mosaic artist Peter Columbo.
  • Basketball player impressions in pre-cast wall panels on Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion (George Heinlein).
  • UW crest etched in glass at entry doors.

Advertising opportunities:

  • 16 backlit panels (1'-6" x 4'-5") adjacent to corner score/message boards in seating bowl
  • 8 backlit panels (3'-0" x 8'-0") recessed in walls in the main seating bowl.
  • 24 backlit panels (3'-0" x 5'-0") recessed in walls in the public concourses.
  • Hockey dasher boards.
  • Zamboni.
  • 4 corner signs located above the 4 main arena floor entrances.
  • Signage on all television cases located at all concession stands.

Financial Information:

  • Total cost - 76 million.
  • 49 million raised from private donations.
  • 27 million in State bonding, to be paid back from operational revenues.
  • No tax dollars.


  • The 40,000 cubic yards of concrete used in constructing the Kohl Center could build a sidewalk from Madison, WI to Chicago, IL.
  • Eleven miles of coolant pipe is embedded in the hockey floor.
  • It would take 1,351,990,520 hockey pucks to fill the Kohl Center.

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