Opened in 2003, the Al McGuire Center, or “The Al,” is Marquette’s state-of-the-art athletics complex. It is named after the legendary men’s basketball coach who led the team to an NCAA championship in 1977.
cost of $31 million, NBBJ architecture firm designed the facility; NBBJ also
designed the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Miller Park in Milwaukee.1 The Al includes a 3,700-seat arena where the university’s women’s basketball
and volleyball teams compete. It also contains a full-sized practice gym, a
4,000 square foot strength and conditioning facility, a sports medicine suite
(featuring a three-pool hydrotherapy room), a weight room, locker rooms, and
business and administration offices.2
McGuire celebrates Marquette’s athletic achievements and basketball heritage. A
statue of Al McGuire in the lobby depicts his triumphant pose after the
last-minute Marquette victory over the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1974.
The 1977 national championship trophy is held inside the men’s basketball
inside the main entrance is Marquette’s Ticket Office. There one can purchase
admission for seven of the university’s sports: men’s and women’s basketball,
men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball.4