Marquette University's Old Gym
Marquette University’s Old Gym, located at 1532 W. Clybourn Street, was built in 1922 to accommodate the large student body and a serious intercollegiate sports program. The Marquette University basketball team used the Old Gym for both practice and games until 1956, after which it was used only for practice. Today the Old Gym is home to several Marquette University sports teams including men’s and women’s tennis and track and field. Marquette University’s Army and Naval ROTC departments are located in the east and west wings.
Backstory and Context
The Marquette basketball team used the Old Gym for games and practice. This changed in 1956 when they moved to the Milwaukee Arena (now Panther Arena) for games. They continued to use the Old Gym for practice. Al McGuire’s basketball team practiced here during their rise to national prominence in the 1970s, including the 1977 national championship. In 2003, the basketball team moved its practices to the new Al McGuire Center, leaving the Old Gym to host the other sports teams, including men’s and women’s soccer, tennis, and track and field, and men’s golf.
The Army and Naval ROTC departments of Marquette University are located in the Old Gym’s east and west wings, respectively. In 1954, the west wing received a second story to accommodate Naval ROTC while the east wing received one shortly afterwards for Army ROTC.