University of Wyoming Arena Auditorium, Phase 1

Laramie, Wyoming

Originally built in 1982, this NCAA Division 1 arena is home to the University of Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls basketball teams.

The University’s goal with this project was to renovate the arena within the existing footprint to increase playable floorspace and enhance the customer experience for the incredibly loyal fans.
Key elements of the reconfiguration that escalate the fan experience include prime student seating closer to the floor; sightline-sensitive seating design; additional, elevated media seats; additional ADA seating; and maximized sightlines to the two new 19’x45’ state-of-the-art video display boards.

Haselden demo’d approximately 7,000 seats — removing 12 rows (about 36’) of cast-in-place, tiered concrete — rebuilt the walls where we installed telescoping seating, and rebuilt the floor. The final product yielded 11,612 seats—the largest indoor seating capacity in the state.

The expanded court-level floor accommodates greater practice functions, provides retractable seating in the lowest portion of the seating bowl, and provides new seats in the lower bowl. The arena’s new lighting and audio visual system support the desired pre-game and performance displays that enrich the spectator’s experience of Wyoming basketball.

At a glance

  • Owner University of Wyoming
  • ArchitectSink Combs Dethlefts & By Architectural Means
  • Delivery methodCMaR
  • Project size170,000 SF
  • Construction cost$8.6 million
  • Completed October 2014