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Northwest Bearcats

Bearcat Arena

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The home of Northwest Missouri State volleyball, Bearcat Arena has a seating capacity of 2,500 spectators. The facility also houses annual University commencement ceremonies and professional concerts, as well as the practice facilities for the indoor track and field teams.

Bearcat Arena was constructed as Lamkin Gymnasium in 1959. The facility underwent a six million dollar renovation in the 1993-94 academic year with additions to the south and north sides of the original building. The south side received a new facade that included a fitness center in the basement, an expanded lobby, concourse on the first floor and coaches' offices on the second floor. The Student Recreation Center was built onto the north side.

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An addition to the program came in 2008-09 with the completion of a brand new locker room for the team, featuring a conference area furnished with three leather couches, a 42-inch flat-screen television and new state-of-the-art lockers for each player.

The wooden lockers come equipped with individual mirrors, outlets, overhead lighting and plenty of storage space for equipment. In addition, there are new showers, an area for film study and a place for the team to study or relax in between classes and before and after practice.


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