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601 West Dayton
Madison, Wis. 53715
The Kohl Center, opened in 1998, is the home for the UW Men's, and
Women's Basketball teams, and the Men's and Women's Hockey Teams.
Since opening, the building has met with much success. Areas specific
to the UW programs were designed by the Wisconsin coaches with the
programs in mind. From computers to lounge areas to audio/video
systems, the Kohl Center provides a competitive floor, practice
and study areas all in one place. The coaching offices are also
located at the Kohl Center.
The Kohl Center is located on the southeast side of the UW campus.
(601 West Dayton Street; Phone: 608/263-5645)
The building is named for U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin), a 1956
graduate of the UW-Madison, who donated $25 million to the project.
Kohl's gift is the single largest private donation in University
history. Kohl earned his Bachelor of Science degree in American
Institutions from Wisconsin-Madison. Former all-Big Ten basketball
player Albert "Ab" Nicholas and his wife, Nancy Johnson Nicholas,
pledged $10 million toward the project. The facility's practice
gymnasium is named the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion and Plaza. Nicholas
received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the UW-Madison. The Kellner
family, Jack F. and his sons, Ted and Jack W. of Milwaukee gave
$2.5 million. All three Kellners received degrees from the University
of Wisconsin Madison.
The Kohl Center seats 17,230 for men's basketball, which includes
courtside seating, and 17,142 for women's basketball. These figures
includes approximately 7,500 seats in the lower seating bowl and
4,500 in each of the two balconies. The unique design of the Kohl
Center (with two overhanging balconies) guarantees that all fans
will be close to the playing floor with excellent site lines. The
facility seats 15,237 for hockey, and between 15,000 and 17,000
Spacious Locker Rooms
The Kohl Center includes lockers for UW men's and women's basketball
and men's hockey. Four other locker rooms (for visitors or multiple
teams during WIAA tournaments) also are in the arena. The 2,200
square-foot, state-of-the-art locker areas have been designed with
the needs of student-athletes in mind including team organizational
meetings, an athletes social area, and study carrels. The athletes
have a lounge area with sound system, video room, computers available
in the study room, and, of course, a spacious dressing and shower
area complete with multiple outlets and lighted mirrors.
The Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion houses three full-size basketball
courts to be used for practice sessions when the Kohl Center is
booked for other events. Pre-game booster club functions are also
scheduled in the practice gym.
Check List of Team and Fan Amenities
- For the Athletes: Huge lockerooms that include attached lounges, video/meeting rooms, and study areas with practice facility attached.
- For the Coaches: Spacious offices with westward views of the campus including the Field House and Camp Randall Stadium.
- For the Support Areas: Sports medicine, sports information, concessions/catering, and physical plant have ample and convenient work areas. The UW ticket office operates from its offices in the Kohl Center.
- For the Fans and Suites: A state-of-the-art sound system has been implemented in the Kohl Center and TV monitors (capable of showing replays) are wired to the suites and above concessions stands throughout the building.
- For the Fans: Extra-wide concourses (two), a number of food courts on both levels, numerous restrooms and merchandise outlets.
- Also For the Fans: The cantilever design replicates the overhang effect of the former UW Field House without the obstructions. Sightlines are tremendous from every seat. At center court, you can look up at three ascending, cheering spectator areas, an awesome and intimidating sight for opponents.