Al McGuire Center

Al McGuire Center | 770 N. 12th Street | Milwaukee, WI 53233

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Al McGuire Center Facts

  • Alternate Names: McGuire Center, "The Al"
  • Purpose: Intercollegiate athletics administration, men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball offices, weight room, athletic training/sports medicine, academic support, ticket office, practice and competition
  • Year opened: 2003
  • Arena seating capacity: 3,700
  • Surface type: Basketball arena and Practice Gym with Taraflex for volleyball in arena
  • No. of courts: 2
  • Cost: $31 million 

Opened in October 2003, the facility is named after legendary basketball coach, Al McGuire, who led the men's basketball program to an NCAA championship, an NIT title and 295 victories in 13 seasons. Located in the heart of campus the $31 million practice and play facility features a 3,700 seat arena where both women's basketball and women's volleyball compete and includes the full-sized practice gym newly upgraded in 2008. The Al McGuire Center also houses intercollegiate administrative offices, the core student athlete services such as the Eagle's Nest Academic Center, Strength and Conditioning Facility and Sports Medicine Suite, as well as basketball and volleyball team offices, locker rooms and suites.

The office of Intercollegiate Athletics houses the Blue & Gold Fund, Marketing, Media Relations, Graphic Design, Business and Compliance Departments. As well as The Ticket Office and four concessions stand in the arena. Student athlete services located in the Al McGuire Center include a 4,000 square foot Strength and Conditioning Facility and Sports Medicine Suite that includes a three-pool hydrotherapy room.


From the South on I-43/I-94 (Chicago and Mitchell Airport)
• Stay on I-43 toward Green Bay to Exit # 72A - 10th Street and Michigan/Tory Hill
• At bottom of ramp continue straight ahead 1 short block to Wisconsin Avenue
• Turn L on Wisconsin and go 2 blocks to 12th Street
• Turn R on 12th and go 1/2 block = McGuire Center on right

From the West on I-94 (Madison)
• Exit #310A - 13th Street
• Turn L at bottom of ramp and go 1/2 block to Clybourn Street
• Turn R on Clybourn and go 3 blocks to 10th Street
• Turn L on 10th and go 1 block to Wisconsin Avenue
• Turn L on Wisconsin and go 2 blocks to 12th Street
• Turn R on 12th and go 1/2 block = McGuire Center on right

From the North on I-43 (Green Bay)
• Exit # 72E - Highland Avenue and 11th Street
• Turn R at top of ramp - Highland Avenue
• Get in L lane and immediately turn L on 12th Street
• Go 3 1/2 blocks = McGuire Center on left


Team Parking (practices and games)

Team buses and vans may park on 12th Street (east side of street) between Wisconsin Avenue and Wells Street (parking meters will be bagged) Thursday thru Sunday. Upon arrival, please pull up to the farthest available spot to the north (closest to Wells Street). Please do not block the loading zone in front of the main entrance to the Al McGuire Center. Parking permits will be distributed to teams when they check in at the Milwaukee Hilton. The parking permits must be clearly displayed on the front dash or window of all team buses or vans when parking on 12th Street.


Spectator parking is available in the Wells Street parking structure located on the corner of W. Wells Street and 13th Street (1 block west of the Al McGuire Center). The event parking rate during the tournament is $3 per day for Saturday, Sunday and Friday after 5 p.m. The parking rate for Friday before 5 p.m. is $5. There is also metered city street parking down 12th and the adjacent streets.