When the LSU Tigers commenced play in the Assembly Center in the 1971-72 season, it marked the beginning of a new era in LSU Roundball. Now, with LSU entering its 42nd season in the Assembly Center, the building is the longest running venue in LSU's basketball history.
The building opened as the LSU Assembly Center, but during the summer of 1988, then Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer signed legislation changing the official name of the building to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in honor of the LSU star who had died tragically earlier that same year.
The Maravich Center is also the home for the LSU volleyball, gymnastics and women's basketball teams.
Pete Maravich never got to play any of his college ball in the Assembly Center, but the plans for the building came while he and the Tigers were packing the "Cow Palace" from 1967-70. So like Yankee Stadium being the "House that (Babe) Ruth Built", the Assembly Center can certainly be classified as the "Palace that Pete Built."
On July 1, 2004, the management of the Pete Maravich Center came under the direction of the LSU Athletics Department. One of the primary functions was to improve the quality of the building both in the arena and on the upper concourse.
For years, the upper concourse of the Maravich Assembly Center was just an entrance way and a walk area for people heading to their seats. There were a few pictures, concession stands and a few restrooms, but it wasn't a special place to spend time before the game started.
Thanks to the LSU Athletics Department, all that has changed. Now the concourse is a fan's delight, looking back at the past and present of the four teams who compete in the building.
The concourse is divided into four quadrants: Pete Maravich Pass, The Walk of Champions, Heroes Hall and Midway of Memories.
Original cost of building -- $11.5 million; one of the most visible structures on campus.
Site of two NCAA Regional Basketball Tournaments: 1976, 1986
Site of seven NIT events: 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 2002, 2009, 2018
Site of NCAA Women’s Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
East to West
East-to-West, you can put a football field and still have almost 33 yards of space left.
North to South
North-to-South, you can put another gridiron and have about 13 yards extra.
A total of 1,750 tons of air conditioning keeps the interior at year-round comfort.
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