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Bearcat Arena

Lamkin Activity Center/Bearcat Arena

The home of the Bearcat volleyball program, 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, replacing Martindale Gymnasium as the home of Northwest basketball. The facility underwent a $6 million renovation in the 1993-94 academic year with additions to the south and north of the original building. The south side received a new facade that included a fitness center in the basement, an expanded lobby and concourse on the first floor and coaches' offices on the second floor. The Student Recreation Center was built onto the north side of Bearcat Arena, featuring three basketball courts, five racquetball courts, a suspended jogging track and weight-lifting equipment.

Both the men's and women's basketball teams and the Northwest volleyball team have enjoyed great success at Bearcat Arena.

In 2006-07 the men's basketball locker room was renovated and in the 2007-08 academic year, the women's basketball and volleyball locker room was refurbished.


VolleyballDirections to Northwest Missouri State University

From Kansas City (2 hours; 1.5 hours from the airport)

  • Go north on Interstate 29 through St. Joseph. Proceed north to Exit 56A to Highway 71. Proceed north 35 miles on Highway 71 to Maryville. Take Business 71 into town; it becomes Main Street. Proceed on Main into the downtown area and turn left onto Fourth Street. Follow the Bearcat Paws to campus. The Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

From Des Moines (2.5 hours)

  • Go south on Interstate 35 for 65 miles to the Leon, Iowa Highway 2, exit #12. Turn right and proceed west on Highway 2 for 60 miles to Bedford, Iowa. Turn left on Iowa Highway 148 and proceed south for 20 miles to Maryville. Turn Right on Highway CC, and at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 continue straight on Business 71 and follow it into the downtown area. Turn right on Fourth Street (University Drive). Follow the Bearcat Paws to campus. The Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

From Omaha-Council Bluffs (2 hours)

  • Go south on Interstate 29 to Exit 110, Rock Port, Mo. Turn left onto U.S. Highway 136 (east). Follow U.S. 136 to Highway 71. Turn right onto Highway 71 and proceed south to Maryville, 18 miles. Turn right on Icon Road (look for Northwest Missouri State University directional sign) and proceed south approximately 2 miles to campus. Turn left onto College Avenue. Turn left onto University Drive where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

From Lincoln (2 hours)

  • Go east on Highway 2 through Sidney, Iowa, for 45 miles to Clarinda, Iowa. Turn right onto Highway 71 and proceed 30 miles to Maryville. Turn right on Icon Road (look for Northwest Missouri State University directional sign) and proceed south approximately 2 miles to campus. Turn left onto College Avenue. Turn left onto Fourth Street (University Drive) where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

From St. Louis (5.5 hours)

  • Go west on Interstate 70 to Kansas City. Exit right onto Interstate 435 North (Des Moines). Exit left onto Interstate 29 North through St. Joseph. Proceed north to Exit #56A to U.S. Highway 71. Proceed north 35 miles on U.S. 71 to Maryville. Take Business 71 into town; it becomes Main Street. Proceed on Main into the downtown area and turn left onto Fourth Street (University Drive). Follow the Bearcat Paws to campus. Turn right onto University Drive where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.



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Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Dr.
Maryville, MO 64468