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Kohl Center, Madison

Categories: Tourist Spots, Arenas & Stadiums
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4.6/5 based on 95 reviews on the web
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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  • I've been to concerts and basketball games at this beautiful facility and you can't beat it! The atmosphere is electric, it's not hard to get around and it's safe! 
  • .........have always enjoyed this venue.....unfortunately my last two visits because of the VERY cramped seats.....I have had to leave because of the SUPERSIED seat mates. 
  • Hockey, Hockey, Hockey. Badger Men's Hockey. Parking can be a challenge but it's worth it to see hockey. College Hockey. Comfortable seats. Loud horn when a goal is scored. I haven't been there for an...  read more »
  • Seating 17,142 people has never been more comfortable. Extremely large & CLEAN facility with friendly faculty and staff. Good food at concessions as well. The Kohl center makes going to sporting events and concerts an enjoyable experience. I'm always excited when I get to visit the Kohl center again. One of my favorite venues. 10/10
  • Watched a Badgers game here. You can drink beer in the suites. Awesome beer and food was catered. I had a blast!
  • It's a great, modern experience with many amenities. I highly recommend coming to watch some Badger hockey!
  • Great college stadium. The atmosphere during basketball/hockey games is amazing.
  • Pretty new sports center, lots of great Badger games and a musician/comedian every now and then.
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