Arena -- Home of Arkansas Volleyball
started its volleyball program in 1994, it had an unfair advantage. Sure,
the team was filled with freshmen and transfers. But they played in Barnhill
Feared for decades as one of the toughest basketball
venues in America, Barnhill got a new job when Bud Walton Arena opened.
Consider . . .
* -- Barnhill Arena is the nation's largest
on-campus volleyball-only facility. It has locker rooms to handle six
teams, seating capacity of 9,000, plus press row accommodations for up
to 100 media.
* -- Arkansas never had a losing basketball
season in Barnhill, and has never had a losing volleyball season either.
inside the Lady'Back
volleyball locker room
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more about Barnhill Arena's history
Like the Bulls in the United Center, the Magic
in the O-rena, or the Cowboys in Texas Stadium, the University of Arkansas
volleyball team is tough to beat at home.
The Lady Razorbacks are 65-15 through five
home seasons and 33-7 in SEC match play in Barnhill. But the arena hasn't
only been successful for volleyball.
Barnhill Arena was authorized in 1953 as the
University's new multipurpose arena. Named for John Barnhill, the Fieldhouse,
as it was originally known, underwent a drastic renovation in 1976-78.
The renovation created the seating arrangement which turned the facility
into a basketball-only configuration.
March 3, 1993, closed Barnhill's career as
a basketball facility with a gala party, complete with a coast-to-coast
broadcast of the Arkansas-LSU men's game on ESPN and closing ceremonies
carried live statewide.
Now Barnhill, once one of the most feared home
courts for basketball, is recognized as one of the nations best volleyball-only
As the home of Lady'Back volleyball, Barnhill
underwent renovation of its playing surface to convert the then 19-year-old
hardwood floor to a volleyball configuration. It was unveiled to the public
during Arkansas' summer camps, including the first-ever volleyball camp
at the Fayetteville campus. In addition to the on-the-court renovation,
the Lady Razorback volleyball program was provided with a state-of-the-art
locker room. Their locker room features a lounge area, team room with
a large screen television and VCR for viewing film, a changing room with
lockers and shower/restroom area.
Barnhill Arena also serves as the primary office
building for the Women's Athletic Department housing the administrative
and coaching offices of the Lady Razorback staff. In addition, Barnhill
provides the Lady Razorbacks with their own weight training facility as
well as a full service training room.
The summer of 1999 marked yet another change
in Barnhill's history when the Women's Athletics Department upgraded the
facility creating the nation's first collegiate sports museum dedicated
solely to women's athletics. The state-of-the-art interactive museum,
which includes a large volleyball display, also features an interactive
theater, a kiosk linked to www.ladybacks.com and all of the Lady Razorbacks'
conference and national honors. The museum celebrates all 11 of Arkansas'
women's sports and also includes the Lady'Backs academic honors.
Barnhill again underwent changes in the summer
of 2002. The volleyball-only facility welcomed the addition of gymnastics
for the 2002-03 season and the facility was given a face-lift to remain
one of the best in the country. Among the changes was a new paint job
on the court, expanding the boarders to 10 feet and refinishing and lightening
the surrounding wood surfaces. New lights, including specialized “show
lights” with shutters that allow for instant “on-off” capabilities, and
new seating were some of the other changes. Barnhill Arena also serves
as office space for the Lady Razorbacks. Several coaches’ offices, most
of the teams locker rooms and the training and equipment rooms are located