The Knapp Center, already a premier Division-1 facility, recently went through many upgrades, including the installation of new LED scorer’s table and video boards, the best lighting system in college basketball and, most notably, the addition of Ron Pearson Court.
After a generous donation from Hy-Vee, Drake officials unveiled the new “Ron Pearson Court” to the public on Sept. 18, 2010. The court which was repainted over the summer to feature the Hy-Vee logo on the floor and the designation “Ron Pearson Court” on both end lines, is named for the former Hy-Vee CEO and Drake alumni.
The Knapp Center also received and aesthetic upgrade in the spring of 2011. New graphics adorn the walls of the facility and fresh colors from floor to ceiling greet the eyes of fans. In addition, the MVC’s instant replay project outfitted the building with a cutting-edge replay system that will capture every moment of every game.
Many have praised the Knapp Center for its excellent design and versatility. Boasting a seating capacity of 7,152 that puts the fans right on the court, the Knapp Center provides 112,000 square feet on two levels. It includes five universal courts for basketball, volleyball and badmitton; four racquetball and handball courts; a 5,800 square-foot strength training area; a four-lane 200-meter track circling the upper level and team locker rooms.
The structure contains offices and locker rooms for the Drake basketball and volleyball teams, along with other support areas for all of the Drake athletic teams, including a weight training facilities, athletic training room and equipment room.
William Knapp, chairman of Iowa Realty and a member of the University’s Board of Govenors, played a key role in making the Knapp Center dream become possible. Knapp made a $3 million gift to construction of the center and a $100,000 gift for the construction of the Drake Tennis Center.
Still today, the Knapp Center is one of the true collegiate athletics arenas that brings its fans right into the game.
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Outside Food & Beverage
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KNAPP CENTER PERMITTED ITEMS:
Stadium Seats under 18" wide (including armrests)
ALL bags are subject to search at any time