The J. Martin Klotsche Center
Opened in 1977, the Klotsche Center has been given a number of new looks over its nearly 40 years of existence. A refinished playing floor compliments new video boards and LED boards that were installed for the 2013 season.
A much bigger project wrapped up in the spring of 2006. Along with the work that created the brand new Pavilion adjacent to the Klotsche Center, the existing arena now has air conditioning, a new sound system and concessions areas. In addition, fans attending matches at the Klotsche Center can park in the 600-car Pavilion parking garage and enter the building without ever going outside.
Those latest projects are just the most recent major pieces of work done to upgrade the home of Panther Athletics. The arena area was also renovated prior to the 1998-99 school year, with that $2 million project including the addition of comfort and chairback seating.
In 1996, new wood flooring and a new indoor track were added to the Klotsche Center.
Men's Basketball At The Klotsche Center
The UWM men's basketball team played a number of its home games in the facility throughout the 1980's and early 1990's, as well as from 1998-2003. Now, in addition to serving as a homecourt for a number of UWM teams, the building is the regular practice facility for the Panther men. Plus, this season, UWM will play two exhibition games and one regular season contest in the building.
When it was the regular homecourt for the Panthers, it became an intensely difficult place for opponents to play. In fact, UWM won its last 16 regular-season games at the Klotsche Center, and won 43 of its final 52 games played in the building.
As a practice facility for the Panthers, it provides eight baskets near the main court. Side courts can also be used for extra shooting practice or other drills while another team's practice is taking place on the main court. Plus, the arena is located on the same level as the men's basketball team room and locker room in the Pavilion, meaning the team is just steps away from its locker room during all practices.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's newest on-campus building is the Pavilion, which is the home of UWM Athletics.
The Pavilion officially opened its doors to the public in January of 2006 and the building was officially dedicated by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and UWM Chancellor Carlos Santiago on May 2, 2006.
Among the new athletics facilities in the building are offices for coaches and staff, a student-athlete-only weight room, new locker rooms for all teams and team rooms and lounges for men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball.
UWM student-athletes are also benefitting from the brand-new sports medicine center in the Pavilion, which more than triples the previous space available for UWM's athletic trainers. The facility also includes a 2,800-square-foot academic assistance center to help student-athletes in the classroom. The new academic center includes a computer lab along with group and individual study and tutoring rooms. A 618-space indoor parking garage is also part of the facility.
UWM's general student population is also benefitting tremendously from the new facility. A new fitness center has expansive rooms for cardio workouts, as well as a weight room. The state-of-the-art area is the most visible from the outside of the facility, as it features two levels of windows. The new recreation center has two expansive levels and houses four sport courts surrounded by a suspended 1/8 mile track. The facility is utilized by individuals seeking open gym space, run and walk space on the track, and the University's intramural programs.
The building also includes academic facilities for the College of Health Sciences along with accommodations for the new Physical Therapy and expanded Sports Medicine programs.
The $40 million project, which broke ground in June of 2003, came in below budget due to a favorable bidding climate. Half of the funding is coming from UWM parking fees, while the other half is from state funds and student segregated fees. The athletic department has also undertaken a variety of fundraising efforts for even greater enhancements within its space in the facility.
The most distinctive feature of the 135,000-gross-square-foot Pavilion is the extensive use of glass "walls," creating a feeling of openness and allowing expansive views of nearby Downer Woods and the campus.
Architects for the project were Venture Architects of Milwaukee, a joint venture of Kahler Slater Architects and the Zimmerman Design Group. They emphasize that placement and tinting of windows, called "cool daylighting," not only allows a wash of daylight inside while reducing energy needs.
Getting To Campus
The UWM campus is located north of downtown Milwaukee just blocks from Lake Michigan. It is accessible from I-43 or from Lincoln Memorial Drive.
The scenic lake route from all directions: From I-43 or I-94 near Downtown, take I-794 east to Lakefront exit. Go north along the lake on Lincoln Memorial Dr. to the top of the hill, where Lincoln Memorial Dr. becomes E. Kenwood Blvd. and intersects with N. Lake Dr. Go straight (west) on Kenwood five blocks to campus.
From the south or west:
Take I-43 north to the Capitol Dr. East exit. Go east on Capitol to N. Downer Ave., then south on Downer five blocks to campus.
From the north:
Take I-43 south to the Capitol Dr. East exit. Go east on Capitol to N. Downer Ave., then south on Downer five blocks to campus.
At very busy times, parking on the UWM campus can be limited and all parking regulations are strictly enforced.
For events at the Klotsche Center, fans can park in the Pavilion Parking Garage, which is adjacent to the Pavilion. The entrance to the garage can be reached via either Edgewood or Downer. Pay stations for the garage are located at the doorway entrances into the Pavilion.