The Bucket List
Planner Basketball Venue Guide
This beautiful region of Oregon is home to many basketball facilities—some brand new and some historic treasured landmarks. Here's an overview of the basketball venues available for events and tournaments.
The 40,000 square-foot fieldhouse at the new Civic Park has four middle school-size hardwood basketball courts. These courts can be converted into two NCAA-size courts or into six volleyball courts. It can also be used for pickleball, badminton or futsal courts. There are also two additional outdoor basketball courts just outside the fieldhouse. The fieldhouse also features meeting spaces along with elevated viewing of the courts.
Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation
Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation Courtesy of Willamalane Park & Recreation District
This 97,000 square-foot premier multi-purpose sports complex features six indoor basketball courts. Three of the courts are regulation-size hardwood and three are sport court. The facility can be lined and configured for four indoor tennis courts, three roller derby rinks, 11 volleyball courts or eight pickleball courts and has a 33-foot-high climbing wall and a fitness center. One of the largest sports and recreation facilities in the Northwest, the center can accommodate any type of event, from small games to large-scale tournaments.
University of Oregon Campus
There are several basketball venues located on the University of Oregon campus. These facilities can be combined or used independently.
Matthew Knight Arena
Matthew Knight Arena courtesy of Gregory Burns
Matthew Knight Arena opened in 2011 and was one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified arenas in the NCAA. This 12,364-seat multi-purpose arena is home to the University of Oregon Ducks basketball and volleyball teams. The venue features a 65,000-pound center-hung scoreboard and four 20-by-12-foot high definition LED monitors. There are also club areas, team spaces and concessions.
McArthur Court courtesy of University of Oregon Department of Physical Education and Recreation
The 15,700 square-foot McArthur Court, also known as “Mac Court,” was replaced in 2011 by Matthew Knight Arena. Now a nostalgic piece of history, Mac Court is dedicated for recreational use and is available to rent for various sports events. The hardwood basketball court can also accommodate three regulation-size volleyball courts and the stands seat 487. Scoreboards, tables, chairs, and floor covers are available to rent.
This area can be divided into three individual activity spaces by dividers. The entire space measures 19,552 square feet and has a maximum occupancy of 800. Each individual space measures 6,517 square feet. These are multipurpose activity areas most appropriately used for basketball, volleyball, and badminton.
This area can be divided into three individual activity spaces by dividers. The entire space measures 19,552 square feet and has a maximum occupancy of 1,200. Each individual space measures 6,517 square feet. These are multipurpose activity areas most appropriately used for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. Single court reservations are available for a third of the price of the entire space. Scoreboards, tables, chairs, and floor covers are available to rent through the Rec Center or other campus operations services.
Located near the Midtown Courts, these two hardwood-floor gymnasiums each measure approximately 5,503 square feet. In addition to general activities, these facilities include one basketball, one volleyball, one indoor soccer, and two badminton courts in each gym. They can be rented together or separately.
Basketball at Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation courtesy of Chris Pietsch
Notable Basketball Events
Some of the basketball events that have been held in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region of Oregon include:
- 2016 NIRSA Championship Series Basketball Tournament
- 2012 Oregon AAU Basketball Championships
- 2010 Pan-American Maxibasketball Championship
- 2005 Special Olympic Basketball Tournament
- Annual Dale Bates Basketball Tournament
- Multiple OSAA 5A/6A Tournaments/Championships
Joey Jewell, senior director of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, says, “Basketball has risen to prominence in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region with the recent success of the University of Oregon men’s and women’s basketball programs. The interest and support from our local community in the sport have led, and continue to lead, to attracting higher-end basketball events.”
Complimentary Event Services
When planners choose the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region of Oregon as the destination for their sports event, they have a team of dedicated professionals ready to help them every step of the way to ensure their event's success. We serve as a liaison between local private entities (such as property owners and business leaders), public entities (such as county and city) and the sports planner.