to Celebrate Al McGuire Center
and Unveil Statue Honoring Legendary Coach
On Friday, April 23 Marquette students, coaches, current and
former players, and fans will join members of Al McGuire's family
to celebrate the Al McGuire Center. Members of the media
are invited to view the unveiling of the new 15 foot bronze Al
McGuire statue. The statue unveiling will take place at 4:00
p.m. with a program to follow in the practice
gym at 4:30 p.m.
Parking is available on 12th , 13th,
and Wells Streets, or in the parking structure on 16
th Street .
The statue will stand immediately inside the main entrance to
the building and will serve as a lasting reminder of the legacy
of its namesake to all who pass through the Center. The statue
was made possible though gifts from players, assistant coaches,
trainers, and other members of the Marquette community who worked
with Al McGuire during his 1964-1977 tenure at the University.
The celebration festivities will include a procession of Marquette
athletes and speeches by Al McGuire's son Al, President Robert
Wild, S.J., Athletics Director Bill Cords, Men's Basketball Head
Coach Tom Crean, and Women's Basketball Head Coach Terri Mitchell.
Rev. William Kelly, S.J., will bless the building. The pep band,
cheerleaders and the intensity dance team will also be in attendance.
The Al McGuire Center contains a 4,000 seat arena which serves
as a home court for the Marquette women's basketball and volleyball
teams, as well as a full-size practice court for both men's and
women's basketball programs. The Center also includes strength
and conditioning and sports medicine facilities, administrative
offices, and an academic support center for all Marquette student-athletes.
The $31 million center was paid for completely through the donations
of more than 4,000 donors.