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Univ of Arkansas Fort Smith - Basketball
Univ of Arkansas Fort Smith - Basketball
 

STUBBLEFIELD CENTER

The Joel R. and Barbara Stubblefield Convocation Center, commonly known as the Stubblefield Center, opened on Jan. 12, 2002. It is named in honor of late UAFS Chancellor Joel R. Stubblefield and his late wife, Barbara. The 80,766 square-foot facility, which was built for $9.4 million, has spacious locker rooms for the Lions and Lady Lions, visitor dressing rooms, offices for coaches and support staff, a fully-equipped weight room, an Athletic Club lounge for boosters and guests, theater seating for Athletic Club members and season ticket holders, a high-tech sound system, and an overhead scoreboard with two large video screens. It has been the home of the Lions and Lady Lions basketball teams since its opening and became the home of the Lady Lions volleyball team in August of 2002. Prior to the construction of the Stubblefield Center, UAFS’ basketball teams and volleyball teams played in the UAFS Fieldhouse, which is still used as an auxiliary gym. The Stubblefield Center, which is one of the best arenas in the Heartland Conference and among the best in NCAA Division II athletics, also has hosted several high school state basketball tournaments, Tournament of Champions, the annual Coca-Cola high school boys basketball tournament, and Junior Olympic volleyball tournaments. A multipurpose facility, the Stubblefield Center also has hosted science fairs, academic competitions, and concerts.