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Lawlor Events Center is an 11,536-seat multi-purpose arena in Reno, Nevada located at the intersection of North Virginia Street and 15th Street on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. It is named after former basketball coach Jake Lawlor.

Lawlor Events Center
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Lawlor Events Center is located in Nevada
Lawlor Events Center
Lawlor Events Center
Location in Nevada
Lawlor Events Center is located in the United States
Lawlor Events Center
Lawlor Events Center
Location in the United States
Address1500 North Virginia Street
LocationReno, Nevada, U.S.
Coordinates39°32′42.25″N 119°49′5.77″W / 39.5450694°N 119.8182694°W / 39.5450694; -119.8182694Coordinates: 39°32′42.25″N 119°49′5.77″W / 39.5450694°N 119.8182694°W / 39.5450694; -119.8182694
OwnerUniversity of Nevada, Reno
OperatorUniversity of Nevada, Reno
Broke groundOctober 1981[1]
OpenedNovember 4, 1983; 35 years ago (1983-11-04)[1]
Construction cost$26 million
($65.4 million in 2018 dollars[2])
ArchitectCasazza, Peetz & Associates[3]
Structural engineerWalter P. Moore and Associates, Inc.[4]
General contractorThe Law Company, Inc.[5]
Nevada Wolf Pack (NCAA) (1983–present)

It was built in 1983 and is home to the Nevada Wolf Pack basketball team. As the largest venue in Northern Nevada, the Lawlor Events Center also hosts boxing, concerts, conferences, PBR events, rodeos, WWE and other entertainment events. It is also the host for Washoe County School District high school graduations.


Lawlor Events Center hosted the 1986 Big Sky Conference, 1996–2000 Big West Conference and 2005–2006 and 2009–2010 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball tournaments.

On Saturday, February 4, 1984 Duran Duran performed at Lawlor Arena as part of their Sing Blue Silver world tour.

The music video for Eddie Money's 1986 single "Take Me Home Tonight" was filmed at the arena.

On April 21, 1990, Santana performed here as part of their Spirits Dancing in the Flesh Tour.

Tina Turner held her Twenty Four Seven Tour here on December 2, 2000.

On August 1, 2003, rock band Fleetwood Mac performed at Lawlor, as part of their Say You Will Tour.

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  1. ^ a b "History and Hall of Fame". University of Nevada, Reno. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Murray, Chris (February 7, 2014). "After Moving Into the "Palace" of Lawlor Events Center, Wolf Pack Has Created Countless Memories". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Ghodsi, Fereidoon (1985). "A Gas-Metal Arc Welded Ring Meets the Specs". Welding Design & Fabrication. Industrial Publication. 58 (7–12): 153.
  5. ^ "Lawlor Events Center / Multi-Purpose Pavilion". The Law Company, Inc. Retrieved March 21, 2015.

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