UA athletic department officials hope to re-energize the copper-topped McKale Center at the Arizona Board of Regents meeting this week.

That's when ABOR will vote whether the UA can begin hiring an architect for an $80 million renovation that's expected to be completed by 2017.

The board's Business and Finance Committee will discuss the plans today, and the Regents will hear the plan Thursday.

But how much do you know about McKale Center?

The quiz

1. McKale Center was named after J.F. "Pop" McKale, who was:

A. A coach and athletic director

B. A big-money booster

C. A former star UA athlete

D. A maker of soda pop

2. True or false: Arizona won its first game at McKale Center.

3. Who won the first-ever NCAA tournament game hosted at McKale Center?

A. Arizona

B. North Carolina

C. Chaminade


4. How many NCAA basketball tournament champions started their run by winning at McKale Center?

A. Zero

B. One

C. Two

D. Three

5. Last month, while the Wildcats football team was getting blown out at UCLA, their day got worse when McKale Center:

A. Flooded

B. Caught on fire

C. Was filled with Sun Devils

D. Hosted a Nickelback concert

6. McKale Center's construction cost was:

A. $5.2 million

B. $8.1 million

C. $16 million

D. $22.4 million

7. True or false: From 1987 to 1992, the Wildcats broke an NCAA record by winning 54 straight home games.

8. Within 50 feet, guess the size of McKale Center.

9. True or false: The floor has always been named "Lute and Bobbi Olson Court."

10. True or false: The entire UA athletic department is housed at McKale Center.

Answer key

1. A. coach and athletic director. He worked at the UA from 1914 to 1957.

2. True. The UA beat Wyoming 87-69 on Feb. 1, 1973, and went on to win 67 of its first 70 games at McKale.

3. D. UCLA. The Bruins beat Dayton 111-100 in the 1974 West Regional.

4. A. Zero.

5. B. Caught on fire. A fire in the equipment room was quickly extinguished.

6. B. $8.1 million.

7. False. The Wildcats had the 10th-best home winning streak ever, taking 71-straight contests.

8. McKale Center is 428 feet long, 339 feet wide and 77 feet tall.

9. False. The UA named the court after Lute Olson in 2000 and changed the name during Bobbi's memorial service in January 2001.

10. True - until next year, when the UA football staff will move into Lowell-Stevens Football Facility in Arizona Stadium's north end zone.