Kohl Center in Madison
Updated: 4/2/19 1:22am
The Kohl Center, opened in 1998, is the home for the UW Men’s, and Women’s Basketball teams, and the Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams. Since opening, the building has met with much success. Areas specific to the UW programs were designed by the Wisconsin coaches with the programs in mind. From computers to lounge areas to audio/video systems, the Kohl Center provides a competitive floor, practice and study areas all in one place. The coaching offices are also located at the Kohl Center.
The Kohl Center is located on the southeast side of the UW campus. (601 West Dayton Street; Phone: 608/263-5645)
The building is named for U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin), a 1956 graduate of the UW-Madison, who donated $25 million to the project. Kohl’s gift is the single largest private donation in University history. Kohl earned his Bachelor of Science degree in American Institutions from Wisconsin-Madison. Former all-Big Ten basketball player Albert “Ab” Nicholas and his wife, Nancy Johnson Nicholas, pledged $10 million toward the project. The facility’s practice gymnasium is named the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion and Plaza. Nicholas received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the UW-Madison. The Kellner family, Jack F. and his sons, Ted and Jack W. of Milwaukee gave $2.5 million. All three Kellners received degrees from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
The Kohl Center seats 17,142 for basketball. That figure includes approximately 7,500 seats in the lower seating bowl and 4,500 in each of the two balconies. The unique design of the Kohl Center (with two overhanging balconies) guarantees that all fans will be close to the playing floor with excellent site lines. The facility seats approximately 14,000 for hockey, and between 15,000 and 17,000 for concerts.