THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Matthew Knight Arena

Matthew Knight Arena

Location: 1776 E. 13th St.

Architect: TVA Architects.  Ellerbe Becket. General Contractor: Hoffman Construction Company.

Date: 2011

Matthew Knight Arena (Matt Court) is a multi-purpose arena which is also the home of the University of Oregon Ducks basket ball teams.  It replaces McArthur Court (Mac Court).  The arena, named for Matthew Knight, son of the chief donor Phil Knight, cost approximately $227 million and seats 12,364.  The floor of the arena includes a design named Deep in the Woods, designed by Tinker Hatfield, which features silhouettes of trees which alludes to the Tall Firs, nickname of the Oregon men's basketball team that won the first NCAA basketball championship.

History

  • February 7, 2009. Groundbreaking 
  • January 13, 2011. Opened.

Bibliography

Web Sites

  • Ellerbe Becket
  • TVA Architects

Newspaper Articles (arranged by date)

Articles from the  Oregon Daily Emerald  are available online from Summer 1994 to the present.

2011

  • Clark, Lucas. "Ducks Christen Knight Arena with Surprising Victory". Oregon Daily Emerald (University of Oregon). Archived from the original on January 17, 2011. 14 Jan. 2011. Web. 5 April 2015.
  • "Matthew Knight Arena Ready for Debut". KMTR (Eugene). 13 Jan. 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  • Beseda, Jim. "For Ducks, a Change of Venue". The Oregonian. 13 Jan. 2011. Web. 5 April 2015.

2010

  • Gardner, Tim. "Oregon's New Basketball Court Isn't Just Wood, It's Art". USA Today. 8 Nov. 2010. Web. 5 April 2015.

2008

  • Bachman, Rachel. "Knight Appears, Announces Name of Arena". The Oregonian. 13 Dec. 2008. Web. 5 April 2015.
  • Hunt, John. "New-Look Arena". The Oregonian (Portland, OR). 22 Jan. 2008. Web. 5 April 2015.
  • Davis, Glenn. "University of Oregon’s New Basketball Court Will Leave You Speechless". SportsGrid. Web. 5 April 2015.
  • Knutson, Ryan. "Arena Project Raises Concern in Community". Oregon Daily Emerald (University of Oregon). 30 Jan. 2008. Web. 5 April 2015.
  • "UO Needs City OK on New Arena". KVAL (Eugene). Associated Press. 4 June 2008. Web. 5 April 2015.

2007

  • Andrews, Luke. "First UO had a plan ... then it got its man... now all it needs is the money. Despite past costs and complications, the plans for a new basketball arena are back on track and moving full speed ahead." Photos: Planned arena on Franklin Blvd.; Pat Kilkenny, new athletic director.  Oregon Daily Emerald  5 June 2007: 1, 8 il.

2005

  • Cuniff, Meghann M. "Arena Plan Still Suffers from Lack of Funding; the $160 Million Necessary for Construction Will Be Fundraised Privately, University Officials Say; A UO Graduate Will Design Arena."  Daily Emerald  25 Apr. 2005: 1, 7A.
  • Bolt, Greg. "UO To Pay $22 Million for Bakery."  Register-Guard  10 Feb. 2005: A1, 9.
    The site creates "a home for a new basketball arena if the university decides to build one."
  • Cuniff, Meghann M. "University Finalizes Bakery Site Purchase."  Oregon Daily Emerald  10 Feb. 2005: 1, 16.
    The purchase price of the Williams' Bakery is $22,231,816, enough to cover the cost of its relocating to the Glenwood area.

2004

  • "Panel OKs Purchase of Arena Site."  Register-Guard,  7 Jan. 2005: D1.
  • Bolt, Greg. "UO Set to Buy Bakery, But Arena May Wait."  Register-Guard,  7 Dec. 2004: A1.
  • "Arena Moving Forward."  Register-Guard,  26 July 2004: A10.
  • Bolt, Greg. "Bakery Owner Willing to Sell Site for UO Arena, But Hurdles Remain ."  Register-Guard,  4 June 2004: A1.
  • Gonyea, Joe. "Arena Delay May Prove Costly." [guest viewpoint].  Register-Guard,  24 Mar. 2004: A11.
  • Bartko, Joe. "We Can't Let Misconceptions Block UO Arena."  Register-Guard,  14 Mar. 2004: F1.
  • "An Arena on Ice."  Register-Guard,  13 Feb. 2004: A12.
  • Bolt, Greg. "Collapse of Arena Project May Mark Record for Lost Donation."  Register-Guard,  13 Feb. 2004: A1.
  • Bolt, Greg. "UO Shelves Plans for Basketball Arena."  Register-Guard,  12 Feb. 2004: A1.
  • Bolt, Greg. "An Arena for the Ages ."  Register-Guard,  8 Feb. 2004: A1.
  • "Review Arena Plans ."  Register-Guard,  31 Jan. 2004: A14.
  • Bolt, Greg. "Rising Arena Cost Spurs New Look at Autzen Site."  Register-Guard,  24 Jan. 2004: A1.

2003

  • Bolt, Greg. "UO Arena to Carry Heftier Price Tag."  Register-Guard,  19 Dec. 2003: A1.
  • Bolt, Greg. "Arena Site Selection Tests Faculty."  Register-Guard,  9 Nov. 2003: C1.
  • Bolt, Greg. "UO Arena's Neighbors Might Gain More Clout."  Register-Guard,  12 Oct. 2003: A1.
  • Bellamy, Ron. "Arena News, Recruits Keep Ducks Rolling."  Register-Guard,  10 Oct. 2003: D1.
  • Fuchs, Ben. "Arena Site, Plans Garner Mixed Reactions."  Register-Guard,  6 Oct. 2003: B1.
  • Anderson, Curtis. "Coaches Feel Hope, Sadness over New Arena." 5 Oct. 2003: D1.
  • Bolt, Greg. "Top Spot for New Basketball Arena Is..."  Register-Guard,  4 Oct. 2003: B1.
  • Oreique, David. "Siting of UO's New Basketball Arena a Values Call."  Register-Guard,  2 Oct. 2003: A1.
  • Bellamy, Ron. "New Arena Shouldn't Take UO Off Track".  Register-Guard,  1 Oct. 2003: B1.
  • Russo, Mike. "UO Arena Project Too Big for Howe Field Site".  Register-Guard,  10 Sept. 2003: A1.
  • Bolt, Greg. "Three Sites Land atop Arena Consultant's List."  Register-Guard,  4 Sept. 2003: A1.
  • Josely, Joe. "Planners See Convention Benefit of UO Arena near Courthouse."  Register-Guard,  14 Aug. 2003: A8.
  • "Where Should Arena Go?"  Register-Guard,  10 Aug. 2003: B2.
  • Bolt, Greg. "UO Will Build New Basketball Arena.  Register-Guard,   Register-Guard,  1 Aug. 2003: A1.
  • Bellamy, Ron. "Oregon's Dream Arena Closer to Reality."  Register-Guard,  8 June 2003: D1.
  • Bolt, Greg. "Ducks Say New Arena Could Fly Financially."  Register-Guard,  17 Apr. 2003: D1.
  • Bjornstad, Randi. "First a Hospital, Now an Arena--Fairgrounds Is Coveted Spot for Projects."  Register-Guard,  7 Feb. 2003: 1.

2002

  • "UO Arena Study Needed."  Register-Guard,  31 July 2002: A12.
  • Bolt, Greg. "UO Studying Its Options for New Arena."  Register-Guard,  28 July 2002: C1.
  • Dietz, Diane . "Proposal Enters New Arena of Big Dreams."  Register-Guard,  15 Feb. 2002: 1.