Kress Events Center
LocationGreen Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
Coordinates44°31′48″N 87°54′57″W / 44.530069°N 87.915967°W / 44.530069; -87.915967Coordinates: 44°31′48″N 87°54′57″W / 44.530069°N 87.915967°W / 44.530069; -87.915967
OwnerUniversity of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Capacity4,018
Construction
OpenedNovember 2, 2007
Construction cost$33 million
($64 million in 2019 dollars[1])
ArchitectVenture Architects
General contractorMiron Construction
Tenants
Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball (2007–present)
UW-Green Bay Phoenix volleyball (2007–present)

The Kress Events Center, also known as the KEC or the Kress, is a multipurpose athletic facility located in Green Bay, Wisconsin on the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay campus. The facility's main gym (Kress Events Center Arena) hosts the UW-Green Bay women's basketball and volleyball teams. Other facilities onsite include a fitness center shared by athletes and the student body, athletic training facilities, and the administrative offices of UW-Green Bay's athletics program.

History

UW-Green Bay sought funding to renovate its aging athletic facility, the Phoenix Sports Center (built in 1975), as early as 2003.[2] The school received $7.5 million in funding from the state, and expected an equal amount of private donations to fund the renovation. The remainder of the money was to be raised through an increase in student segregated fees, which pay for student life and other recreational activities.[2] As of 2017, students were still paying off the facility through their segregated fees.[3][4] After receiving a large donation from the George F. Kress Foundation, the school was able to begin construction, the new facility bearing Kress' name.[5] Officially announced on December 29, 2004, construction began November 2, 2005 and the facility opened two years later that same month.[5][6] The first event hosted in the new building was a volleyball match against UW-Milwaukee.[7] UW-Green Bay holds its spring graduation ceremony at the Kress Events Center, and three out of the four area high schools (Green Bay East, West and Southwest) hold their graduation ceremonies at the KEC.[8] In 2007, the KEC hosted a joint concert featuring Christian rock groups Switchfoot and Relient K.[9] UW-Green Bay's student programming group had booked pop singer Kesha for a concert at the KEC in spring 2014, but the event was ultimately cancelled.[10] The KEC has also played host to political rallies during campaign seasons, including Barack Obama in 2008 and Bernie Sanders in 2016.[7]

The Kress Events Center has hosted multiple regular season UW-Green Bay men's basketball games since February 2018.
The Kress Events Center has hosted multiple regular season UW-Green Bay men's basketball games since February 2018.

Facilities

Phoenix Sports Center

The KEC was built around the existing Phoenix Sports Center and retains a number of its original facilities, including:

Facilities added with KEC expansion

See also

References

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "UW-Green Bay, In the News Archive 2003". www.uwgb.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  3. ^ "UW System Annual Budget" (PDF).
  4. ^ Page 39 of budget display's UW-Green Bay's segregated fee breakdown.
  5. ^ a b "UW-Green Bay, In the News Archive 2004". www.uwgb.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  6. ^ "UW-Green Bay, In the News Archive 2005". www.uwgb.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  7. ^ a b "Kress Events Center - University of Wisconsin Green Bay". University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  8. ^ Preble High School holds their graduation ceremonies at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon due to the school's size.
  9. ^ "Student use of Kress fitness facilities on the rise | Inside UW-Green Bay News". news.uwgb.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  10. ^ "Kesha cancels campus show | Inside UW-Green Bay News". news.uwgb.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-19.