Liacouras Center

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The Peter J. Liacouras Center
"The Apollo", "The Pete"
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Former namesThe Apollo of Temple (1997–2000)
Location1776 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Coordinates 39°58′47″N75°9′31″W / 39.97972°N 75.15861°W / 39.97972; -75.15861 Coordinates: 39°58′47″N75°9′31″W / 39.97972°N 75.15861°W / 39.97972; -75.15861
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Owner Temple University
Operator Global Spectrum
Capacity 10,206
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundJanuary 25, 1996
OpenedNovember 11, 1997
Construction cost$73 million
($114 million in 2018 dollars [1] )
ArchitectVitetta Group
Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates
General contractorLF Driscoll [2]
Tenants
Temple Owls (NCAA) (1997–present)
Philadelphia KiXX (MISL) (2009–2010)
Philly Roller Derby (WFTDA) (2005present)

The Liacouras Center [3] is a 10,200-seat multi-purpose venue which opened in 1997 and was originally named "The Apollo of Temple". The arena was renamed in 2000 for Temple University President, Peter J. Liacouras. It is part of a $107 million, four-building complex along North Broad Street on the Temple University campus in North Philadelphia. The Liacouras Center is the largest indoor, public assembly venue in Philadelphia north of City Hall.

Peter James Liacouras was an American academic.

Temple University public research university in Philadelphia, United States

Temple University is a state-related Research 1 University located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1884 by the Baptist minister Russell Conwell. In 1882, Conwell came to Pennsylvania to lead the Grace Baptist Church while he began tutoring working-class citizens late at night to accommodate their work schedules. These students, later dubbed "night owls", were taught in the basement of Conwell's Baptist Temple, hence the origin of the university's name and mascot. By 1907, the institution revised its institutional status and was incorporated as a university.

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History

During the 1980s, Temple basketball coach John Chaney sought to raise the profile of the men's basketball program through aggressively scheduling top-tier, out of conference opponents. Some programs, however, scoffed at the idea of playing at Temple's 3,900-seat on-campus arena, McGonigle Hall. Temple's President at the time, Peter J. Liacouras, supported the idea of a larger basketball facility in hopes of building Temple's national presence. Temple considered several locations and a site was purchased in 1988 for $7.3 million. [4] The state of Pennsylvania awarded Temple $31.1 million in October 1992, despite disagreements between Chaney and then-City Council president John Street.

John Chaney is an American retired college basketball coach, best known for his success at Temple University.

McGonigle Hall building in Pennsylvania, United States

McGonigle Hall is an athletic facility on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It opened on December 2, 1969, with an upset win over St. John's. The venue served as the home of men's basketball until replaced in 1997 by The Apollo of Temple, a larger facility now known as the Liacouras Center. Temple women's basketball splits games between McGonigle Hall and the Liacouras Center, the gym is also home to Temple women's fencing, women's gymnastics and volleyball.

John F. Street American politician

John Franklin Street is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 97th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. He was first elected to a term beginning on January 3, 2000, and was re-elected to a second term beginning in 2004. He is a Democrat and became mayor after having served 19 years in the Philadelphia City Council, including seven years as its president, before resigning as required under the Philadelphia City Charter in order to run for mayor. He followed Ed Rendell as mayor, assuming the post on January 3, 2000. Street was Philadelphia's second black mayor.

The project was approved in 1995, with a January 25, 1996 groundbreaking. [5] Two nationally recognized architectural firms designed the building: Vitetta Group [6] of Philadelphia, and Thompson Ventulett Stainback & Associates of Atlanta. The 340,000 sq ft (32,000 m2) venue opened in the 1997-98 season. [7] The first game played was a 76-61 Temple win over #18 Fresno State.

The venue was originally named The Apollo of Temple. The name changed to the Liacouras Center just prior to Liacouras' retirement on February 13, 2000. [8] The Liacouras Center is Philadelphia's largest indoor venue north of City Hall and hosts home games for all of Temple men's basketball, along with some women's games. As of the end of the 2016-17 season, the Owls have amassed a 206-69 record in the building. The Esther Boyer Theater at the Liacouras Center is a small theater setup of 1,000 to 5,000 seats for more intimate presentations. The complex also houses the Independence Blue Cross Recreation Center (IBC), which includes a gym, basketball court, racquetball courts, and more. The IBC opened in the spring semester of 1998. [9] The fourth building in the complex is a 1,200-space parking garage.

Temple Owls mens basketball mens basketball team of Temple University

The Temple Owls men's basketball team represents Temple University in the sport of basketball. The Owls compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I as a member of the American Athletic Conference. They play their home games in the Liacouras Center on the university's main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and are currently led by head coach Aaron Mckie. Temple is the fifth-most winningest NCAA Division I men's college basketball program of all time, with 1903 wins at the end of the 2017–18 season.

2016–17 Temple Owls mens basketball team

The 2016–17 Temple Owls basketball team represented Temple University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Owls, led by 11th-year head coach Fran Dunphy, played their home games at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as members the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 16–16, 7–11 in AAC play to finish in eighth place. They lost in the first round of the AAC Tournament to East Carolina.

Besides hosting Temple basketball games, the Liacouras Center is a full entertainment arena featuring concerts, family shows, Philadelphia KiXX games, Philly Roller Derby bouts, a full range of concerts, dramatic presentations, and family shows. Additionally, several high school graduations, as well as university graduations and convocation ceremonies, are held there. The Liacouras Center is managed by Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor.

Philadelphia KiXX association football club

The Philadelphia KiXX were a professional indoor soccer team based in Philadelphia, USA. Founded in 1995 as an NPSL expansion franchise, they played in the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Philly Roller Derby

Philly Roller Derby, or PRD, is a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2005, Philly Roller Derby is a founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

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