Joe Craft Center

Coordinates: 38°02′24″N 84°30′00″W / 38.039863°N 84.500088°W / 38.039863; -84.500088 The Joe Craft Center, opened in January 2007, is a basketball practice facility and athletics office building attached to Memorial Coliseum on the "Avenue of Champions" at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. The 102,000 ft² (9,480 m²) structure contains separate practice courts for the men's and women's basketball programs as well as support spaces for both programs, including coaches' offices.[1] The project also includes a ticket office, athletic administration offices and the renovation of 17,500 ft² (1,630 m²) of space in Memorial Coliseum to support requirements from the volleyball, gymnastics and other sports teams.

Construction began in August 2005 on the north side of the Coliseum. The $30 million structure was completed on January 11, 2007 .[2] As a result, Memorial Coliseum has more ample space for volleyball and gymnastics practice and games.

The facility is named after Joe Craft, a Hazard, Kentucky native, who pledged $6 million towards the completion of the $30 million project.


The Joe Craft Center features several state-of-the-art video rooms for game film viewing, separate men's and women's locker rooms and new coaches' offices.[2] It also includes two practice basketball courts. One of the practice courts is designated for the exclusive use of the men's basketball program while the other is exclusively dedicated for the women's basketball program.

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  1. ^ "Basketball Practice Facility." 2005 February 2005. University of Kentucky. 14 Dec. 2006 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 15, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
  2. ^ a b "Kernel Editorial: Practice facility will benefit all of UK's athletic teams." Kentucky Kernel [Lexington] January 16, 2007. February 28, 2007. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2010-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)"

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