University of Oregon

University of Oregon

Eugene, Ore.

Project Description

The result of a partnership between the University of Oregon and a nonprofit arena development entity, Matthew Knight Arena was envisioned as a “theater for basketball.” With a comprehensive branding and graphics program, the facility also serves as a marketing environment for Oregon Athletics.

The intimate, loud seating bowl is similar to McArthur Court, maintaining an intimidating atmosphere for visiting teams. Player amenities are located on the east side of the event level, while private donor clubs and suites are located on the north side. The university opted for a small number of highly priced suites to achieve revenue goals while preserving the effectiveness of the seating bowl.

Douglas fir, a species indigenous to Oregon, was used in the majority of interior spaces, including on the shroud wall of the public concourses and in paneling, millwork and doors throughout the private clubs and team spaces. The university’s green and yellow colors are incorporated into wayfinding signage and graphics, glass accent tiles, paints and furniture. Throughout the building, brand elements such as color, environmental graphics, exhibits and signage reflect the school’s and region’s cultural, social and athletic heritage.


Project Details

Architect: TVA Architects Inc.; Portland, Ore.
Architect of Record: AECOM; Kansas City, Mo.
Interior Design/Branding Development: Perkins+Will; Chicago, Ill.
Seating Capacity: 12,500
Construction Cost: $162 million
Occupancy: December 2010

Arena Seating: Irwin Seating Co.

Basketball: Connor Sport Court

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Telescopic Seating Co.

Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Dryers: Cissel

Floor Covers: Connor Sport Court

Flooring: Shaw

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite

Folding Chairs: Spec Seats International

Hydrotherapy Tanks: HydroWorx International Inc.

Lighting: Musco Lighting

Lockers: Republic Storage Systems Inc.

Volleyball: Connor Sport Court

Wall Padding: Draper Inc.

Washers: Wascomat


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