Basketball Facilities

BYU's 20,900-seat basketball arena is truly a hoop heaven. There is no place quite like it in college basketball. Over the past 40 years, the Marriott Center has been home to the thrills and cheers of BYU basketball. With a history full of game-winning shots, slam dunks and some of the nation's top attendance marks, the Marriott Center's 20,900 seats have allowed BYU fans to see plenty of excitement since the facility's opening game on Dec. 3, 1971.

The Marriott Center is named for successful Utah businessman J. Willard Marriott and is the sixth-largest on-campus arena in the country behind Syracuse's Carrier Dome (33,000) and Kentucky's Rupp Arena (23,000). The building covers three acres and encloses 8 million cubic feet. There are approximately 10,100 chair seats with the balance being bleacher seats. About 40 percent of the seats are below the concourse level. The distance around the concourse level is a quarter of a mile. The roof, which is the size of two football fields placed side-by-side, is 10 stories high and has 50,000 bolts in it. The four-million pound roof was constructed first at ground level, then raised 38 feet.

"The Marriott Center is one of the top five places to play in the country, not just because of its size, but because its facilities are fantastic," said former UTEP head coach Don Haskins, the subject of the 2006 film Glory Road. "If there is a better arena, I haven't seen it."

FACILITIES

There are seven locker rooms, a President's room, two reception rooms, press and interview rooms, men's and women's team rooms and a training room.

Improvements to the exterior and interior took place in 2007, including glass exterior walls and new lighting. In 2006 the original suspended floor, installed in 1971, was replaced with a Connor Uniforce floor and seismic upgrades took place. Fittingly, the last game played on the original floor featured the jersey retirement of Cougar great Kresimir Cosic, who played in the first game in the Marriott Center. An additional floor upgrade was installed in 2007.

"The Marriott Center is one of the top five places to play in the country, not just because of its size, but because its facilities are fantastic," said former UTEP head coach Don Haskins, the subject of the 2006 film Glory Road. "If there is a better arena, I haven't seen it."

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

The BYU men's basketball team has a .793 winning percentage in the Marriott Center over its 40 years. The Cougars have gone 179-19 in the Marriott Center over the past 13 years, boasting the nation's longest home victory streak from 2000 to 2003 (44 games) and from 2005 to 2008 (a program-record 53 games).

Some great games have been played in the Marriott Center, including Danny Ainge and company’s 19-point shellacking of No. 7 Utah in 1981 before the Cougars’ run to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, BYU put on an incredible run to erase a 21-point second-half deficit and defeat Utah 63-61, helping preserve a perfect 16-0 home record. The Cougars played their 500th game in the Marriott Center on Feb. 22, 2006, against league-leader San Diego State, putting together a thrilling 59-point second-half performance on the way to a 100-90 win.

In 2010 — with BYU donning pink-trimmed uniforms and pink shoes to show support in the battle against Cancer — Jimmer Fredette put on a show in front of a sellout crowd, scoring 36 points in an 82-69 victory over Utah. Fredette’s 36 points are the most scored by a Cougar against the Utes in the history of the rivalry. In 2011, No. 9 BYU defeating No. 4 San Diego State behind Jimmer Fredette's heroic 43-point effort.

FAN SUPPORT

The top three attendance games in the history of the Mountain West Conference have all been played in the Marriott Center. BYU has ranked in the top 25 nationally in paid attendance every year but four since the Marriott Center opened. The Cougars have led the nation three years, finished second four times and been among the top five attendance leaders 19 times over the past 41 years. In 2010-11, BYU finished sixth in the nation in attendance and posted eight sellouts. The Cougars also out-drew the regular season conference champions of 30 of the nation's 31 conferences as well as every program in the Big 10, the Big 12 and Pac 10 and all but one ACC school, all but two SEC teams and all but two Big East teams.

In 1972, 1977, 1979 and 1982, BYU hosted NCAA Regionals. The 1988 Western Athletic Conference Tournament was also held in the Marriott Center. In addition to the fans it draws for basketball, capacity crowds have filled the arena for devotionals, commencement exercises, concerts and pageants. As a sports venue, it has also accommodated BYU tennis, wrestling, volleyball and gymnastics contests as well as NBA exhibition games.

PRESS FACILITIES

BYU's Marriott Center includes a full-service Press Room complete with copy machine, fax machine, Ethernet ports and wireless internet service. A second workroom adjacent to the Press Room features a mounted BYU backdrop and doubles as the location of postgame press conferences for women's basketball. Men's basketball postgame press conferences are held in a hosting room located across from the Press Room, where a portable backdrop is erected.

During games, media sit on Press Row, which runs along the south side of the basketball court. Home and visiting radio crews are located at floor level while all other media members are seated on an elevated second row.

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At the Game

Marriott Center Quick Facts

Built: 1971
Capacity: 20,900
Largest Crowd: 23,106
Size: 3 acres

Top Crowds

23,106 Utah 1981
23,096 Wake Forest 2009
23,084 Utah 1980
23,042 Illinois 1979
23,037 Utah State 1980
23,025 Air Force 1992
23,023 UCLA 1982
23,006 Utah 1979
22,998 UNM 1978
22,987 Utah 1973

Largest Arenas

33,000 Sycacuse N.Y., Career Dome
23,000 Kentucky, Rupp Arena
22,090 Louisville, KFC Yum! Center
21,750  North Carolina, Dean Smith Center
21,000 Tennessee, Thompson-Boling Arena
20,900 BYU, Marriott Center
19,722 NC State, PNC Arena
19,200 Arkansas, Bud Walton Arena
18,809 Ohio State, Value City Arena
18,776 UNLV, Thomas & Mack Center

Largest Utah Arenas

20,900 BYU, Marriott Center
20,000 Utah Jazz EnergySolutions Arena
15,000 Utah, Jon M. Huntsman Center
12,000 Weber State, Dee Events Center
10,270 Utah State, Spectrum
10,207 The Maverik Center
8,500 UVU, UCCU Center
5,300 Southern Utah, Centrum Arena 
5,200 Dixie College, Burns Arena

 

“…they are unbeatable in the Marriott Center in Provo…I’m telling you what, the BYU student section has been ranked No. 1 in my book all season long out of all the places I’ve been…They are outstanding as a group.”

- Jimmy Dykes, ESPN Basketball Analyst