Memorial Coliseum: Home of Kentucky Gymnastics
Historic Memorial Coliseum is the site for all University of Kentucky home gymnastics meets. Completed in 1950 at a cost of $3,995,000, the building serves as a memorial to the more than 10,000 Kentuckians who have lost their lives in battle. A one million dollar renovation was completed in 1990, when a state-of-the-art weight training facility, new basketball and athletics administration offices, players lounges, and a team meeting room were added. As a result of the renovation, the seating capacity was reduced from 11,500 to 8,500.
Specifically added for gymnastics were, a new state-of-the-art locker room overlooking the Memorial Coliseum floor, and a new team room, exclusively for the gymnastics team, featuring room to meet, study or relax. Also brand new offices for the Kentucky gymnastics coaches overlooking the Memorial Coliseum floor were built. Further enhancements were made to the Coliseum when a new video board and scoreboard were installed in 2007 and a sound system was added in 2008.
The Coliseum has been the site of numerous events, including NCAA Volleyball Tournament action and the NCAA Volleyball Final Four in 1983. Also held in the Coliseum have been first-round NCAA women's basketball games, NCAA gymnastics regionals, and in 1991, the SEC Gymnastics Championship. It was also recently named the host site for the 2010 NCAA Central Regional Championships. Many other community and University activities also take place there.
In addition to serving as home of the Kentucky gymnastics team, the Coliseum is also the home of UK's volleyball and women's basketball teams. For 24 seasons, prior to the opening of downtown's 23,000-seat Rupp Arena, the Coliseum housed the Wildcats men's basketball team.
A spacious training room located in the Coliseum is utilized by the gymnastics team. Under the direction of Edward Jamiel, the Wildcats receive top treatment from the training staff. At least one trainer travels with the team to provide special care for the athletes.