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Kohl Center, Madison

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The Kohl Center is an arena and athletic center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, United States. The building, which opened in 1998, is the home of the university's men's basketball and ice hockey teams, and the women's basketball team. It also housed the university's women's ice hockey team through 2012, after which they moved into the adjacent LaBahn Arena. Seating capacity is variable, as the center can be rearranged to accommodate a basketball court, a hockey rink, or a concert. The maximum capacity is 17,230 in its basketball configuration, and 15,359 for ice hockey. The center has three levels, with the floor holding about 7,500 people, and the two upper balconies about 4,500 each. It is the second largest indoor venue in Wisconsin and the largest outside Milwaukee. The arena is located on the southeast corner of the UW–Madison campus, at the intersection of West Dayton and North Frances Streets.NamingThe sporting arena is named after former United States Senator and Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl, who donated $25 million of his Kohl's department/grocery store fortune to the building project. At the time it was the largest single donation in University of Wisconsin System history. Because of the donor's first name, it is sometimes locally referred to as the "Herb Garden". Former Wisconsin Badgers basketball player Albert Nicholas and his wife donated $10 million toward the project, with the adjoining practice pavilion named the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion and Plaza. Jack F. Kellner and his sons donated an additional $2.5 million to the project. Wisconsin-based Hammes Company developed the arena for UW–Madison in 1993. The Boldt Company was the project's general contractor.
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  • Went there back in December to watch some basket ball. The arena is nice. It's not too big so even with the highest seats you can still see the game pretty well. Tickets were really cheap. As in any a...  more »
  • we stopped in Madison for a night and enjoyed a hockey game at the Kohl center. tickets were purchased when we arrived and the cashier made us aware that the only remaining seats were in the 300 secti...  more »
  • We went to watch state wrestling and the seats are comfortable enough and we had a good view. Decent place.  more »
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  • Fantastic venue for basketball and hockey. The basketball team is great. The hockey team is starting to play well. Lots of memorabilia and interesting displays of Badger highlights. The food is getting better. Wish they sold beer. If you buy tickets, sit in the 100-200 level seats. The 300s are okay, but get closer to the action. Parking is interesting. If the UW lots are full, try the city ramps near State St. There are a number of places to eat. If they are full move closer to State St. and you'll find a place for a quick brew and food.
  • Clean place with good architect. Holds great games.
  • Excellent sports facility with good seating and good atmosphere. I've been here numerous times for college games and high school championships. The bathroom lines are short and so are the food/drink lines. Plenty of parking area the center just might need to walk a few blocks.
  • Great place to watch a game, just wish sound was louder, this adds to the game environment considerably.
  • Watched a Badgers game here. You can drink beer in the suites. Awesome beer and food was catered. I had a blast!