Carver-Hawkeye Arena, one of the 15 largest university-owned facilities in the nation, serves as Iowa's home basketball arena. Opened in January of 1983, the building seats 15,500 for basketball.
Capacity crowds have been the rule rather than the exception at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Over 4.8 million fans have viewed games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena the past 20-and-a-half seasons. Iowa played 60 consecutive home games in front of sellout crowds and more recently had a streak of 41 consecutive sell outs for regular season games. The single game record of 15,570 was set against Indiana in 1987.
The Hawkeyes have won nearly 80 percent (253-74, .774) of their home games since the building opened. Iowa had a 15-game home court winning streak in 1986-87 and won 43 straight non-conference home games prior to a 79-76 loss to NCAA runner-up Duke during the 1994 season. Iowa is 131-13 (.910) in non-conference games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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The multipurpose facility also serves as home to Hawkeye wrestling, gymnastics and volleyball and has been the site of numerous concerts, commencements, sports camps and other events.
Fans enjoy an unobstructed view from each of the theatre seats. The building won a design award from the American Institute of Architects in 1984.
In a poll of 70 members of the media Carver-Hawkeye Arena was voted as the top arena in the Big Ten. The Iowa pep band and the media section in Carver-Hawkeye were also voted best in the league.
Named for the late Roy Carver, a long-time supporter of the University, the building has 20,000 square feet of floor space when the lower level seats are retracted. The 42 rows of seating are divided in 28 lettered sections. A 100-seat press section for print and radio media is located in sections AA-BB.
Connected to the Arena is an athletic office building, which is four levels high and occupies over 60,000 square feet. Athletic department coaches and administrators have offices in the building.
The arena features six locker rooms, including the permanent men's basketball locker room, along with fully?equipped weight and training facilities. Within the last year, the Hospitality Room has been re-modeled, allowing for the men's basketball team to have training table meals in the arena, just down the hall from the locker room.
Carver-Hawkeye Arena is constantly being improved. Just prior to last season, the men's basketball locker room was remodeled. A players lounge and a coaches meeting room and locker area were added, while the players locker area was enlarged and remodeled.
New scoreboards and video walls were installed just prior to the 1996 season. The state-of-the-art equipment features two video walls with live action and instant replay capabilities, a 65,000 color dot-matrix message center and up-to-date player and game statistics.
The Arena cost $18,402,962 to build and was completed in three years. It was financed from private contributions from Hawkeye athletic department supporters. The first event (Jan. 3) in the Arena was a 1983 wrestling dual vs. Oklahoma (a 35?7 Iowa victory). The initial basketball game was a 61?59 loss to Michigan State on Jan. 5, 1983.
Carver-Hawkeye Arena has hosted the Big Ten and NCAA wrestling championships and Big Ten and NCAA regional and national gymnastics championships. The 1984 U.S. Olympic wrestling trials were held in Carver-Hawkeye and the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team, featuring current Iowa Coach Steve Alford, also played an exhibition contest in the facility. The National Duals wrestling tournament in 1998 and 1999 was held in Carver-Hawkeye. Iowa hosted the 1994 NCAA wrestling championships, in which the Hawkeyes won the national crown while setting tournament attendance records, and the 2001 NCAA finals.
The 1983 Iowa-Iowa State wrestling match attracted a national-record 15,283 fans. Iowa won the meet 26-11.