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About Alex G. Spanos Center


In its fourth decade of operation, the Alex G. Spanos Center, home of Tiger basketball and volleyball, owns a reputation as one of the Big West's finest playing facilities and one of the best in the West.

The 6,150-seat arena, located on the south-west corner of the Pacific campus adjacent to Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium, is the site of all Pacific men's and women's basketball games, men's and women's volleyball matches, and a multitude of other sporting events, concerts, cultural productions, trade shows, and community functions.

During the summer of 2000, the Spanos Center received a new floor, which included the placement of Pacific's Powercat logo at midcourt. A new video board and scoreboard was installed in 2004, while a new sound system was installed in 2007. Built at a cost of more than $7 million, the building features 3,000 chair-back seats, 3,000 bleacher seats and 150 baseline seats. It has the capacity to expand to 8,000 with minimal alterations.

The facility was funded by private donations and monies that were raised by community volunteers comprising the Spanos Center Steering Committee, which came into existence in 1977 (groundbreaking on the site took place on August 23, 1979). Erected by the F&H Construction Company of Stockton, the building has four main entrances on the concourse level, 20 feet above the playing floor. The structure includes team rooms, officials' headquarters and area for two cross courts. A locker facility is located adjacent to the Spanos Center's southeast entrance in the Pacific Intercollegiate Athletic Center.

Glue-laminate wood beams support the roof of the building and the longest of these timbers spans 248 feet. The complex is named after benefactor Alex G. Spanos, a Pacific graduate and Stockton-based businessman who owns the NFL's San Diego Chargers. A member of the University's Board of Regents, Spanos also is one of the nation's largest builders of rental housing.

The Spanos Center was dedicated during an all-university convocation on the weekend of September 9-11, 1981. Its first athletic event was a women's volleyball match between Oregon and nationally ranked Pacific.