Pan American Center

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Pan American Center

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The Pan American Center is a multi-purpose arena in Las Cruces, New Mexico, located on the campus of New Mexico State University. The arena has a current seating capacity of 12,482 people.

The arena serves as home of the New Mexico State Aggies Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball teams.

The arena hosted the 2007 and 2008 Western Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.

The arena was selected to host the 2007 WAC Volleyball Tournament.

Construction

By the late 1950’s the need for a new and larger campus gynamsium at NMSU had become evident. As the school and its athletic programs grew, tiny and antiquated Williams Gymnasium had become woefully inadequate. After the new campus of Las Cruces High School opened less than one mile from NMSU’s campus in 1957 the Aggies began to play many of their home games in the high school’s new 3,000-seat gymnasium because it was significantly larger than the university’s own gym. When NMSU alumnus Lou Henson returned to the school as head coach in 1966 and quickly began building the basketball program into a perennial NCAA Tournament participant the push for a new facility began in earnest, and the next year the New Mexico State Legislature approved a $22 million capital outlay program that included provisions for a new arena at NMSU (the |same bill also funded construction of NMSU’s student union building). Construction of the arena cost $3.5 million, and the building was inaugurated on...
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