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 
  • Visitor's Guide

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 game competition 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 2015. The Al McGuire Center also houses intercollegiate administrative offices, core student-athlete services for strength and conditioning, sports medicine and academics, as well as basketball and volleyball team offices, locker rooms and office suites.

The office of Intercollegiate Athletics Administration on the second floor houses senior administration as well as the business office, compliance, marketing and fan engagement, communications, and Learfield Sports staffs. The 4,000 square foot strength and conditioning facility and the sports medicine suite that houses a three-pool hydrotherapy room is located on the arena floor level. The Marquette Ticket Office is located on the main floor just inside the main entrance.


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)

Team buses and vans may drop the team off on N. 12th St. (East side of street) at the main entrance of the Al McGuire Center between W. Wisconsin Av. and W. Wells St. The bus can then proceed to the East side of the building & park in the turn-out lane off of N. 11th St. between W. Wells Street and W. Wisconsin Ave.

Team Spectator Parking (competition)

The team should be dropped at the visiting team entrance located at the corner of N. 11th Street and W. Wells Street on the East side of the Al McGuire Center. Al McGuire Center staff will meet the team to let them into the building. Once the team has unloaded, the bus should proceed South and park in front of the large dumpster next to the loading dock. Please - do not park in the loading docks or in front of the smaller dumpster. Busses are required to pull in forward to the parking space – please no backing into the parking space.

Spectator Parking

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.


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