Tom Gola Arena

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Tom Gola Arena
The Tom
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Tom Gola Arena
Former namesHayman Hall
Location1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Coordinates 40°02′24″N75°09′24″W / 40.039993°N 75.15654°W / 40.039993; -75.15654
Public transitAiga bus trans.svg SEPTA.svg SEPTA bus: 18, 26
OwnerLa Salle University
OperatorLa Salle University
Capacity 3,400
Surface Hardwood
Broke groundMay 17, 1997
OpenedFebruary 21, 1998 [1]
Construction cost $6.3 million
($11.3 million in 2022 dollars [2] )
ArchitectEwingCole (Hayman Hall Addition)
La Salle Explorers (men's basketball, women's basketball)

Tom Gola Arena (also known as The Tom or The Gola) is a 3,400-seat multi-purpose arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania situated inside the TruMark Financial Center. It is home to the La Salle University Explorers men's and women's basketball teams.


This arena was named after former Explorers captain and head coach Tom Gola, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


The building was opened on February 21, 1998, with the men's basketball team defeating Virginia Tech 74–64. [1] La Salle had not played basketball on campus since leaving Wister Hall in 1955, the season after winning the 1954 NCAA Championship. The Explorers played at the Palestra from 1955 to 1989, the Philadelphia Civic Center from 1989 to 1996, and the First Union Spectrum from 1996 until the arena opened in 1998.

In Philadelphia's 2016 Summer Olympics bid, the arena was planned to host fencing. [3]

In 2021, the arena was equipped with two working smoke machines. [4]

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