McKale Memorial Center is an athletic arena located at 1756 E University Blvd on the campus of the University of Arizona
, Arizona. It is primarily used for basketball, but also features state-of-the-art physical training and therapy facilities. Its construction is marked with a large copper cap that has turned brown over time. McKale Center is home to the University Of Arizona
Wildcats basketball team.
McKale is also credited with giving the university its nickname, the Wildcats. McKale coached the 1914 school football team that played a tough game against California champions Occidental College on Thanksgiving Day, where the press deemed the Arizona team "Wildcats", and McKale ensured that the nickname remained.In terms of capacity, McKale Center is the second largest arena in the Pac-12 conference.