Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Arenas

STORRS, CT - MARCH 23: A general view of Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on March 23, 2015 Storrs, Connecticut. (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)
(Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)

With the 2020-21 NCAA women’s basketball season nearing its halfway point and March Madness around the corner, let’s talk arenas. It is virtually impossible to make a list highlighting all of the incredible facilities and arenas women’s basketball teams compete in across the country during our favorite sports betting season.

Let’s dive into ten of the top arenas to watch women’s college basketball based on the venue, fan base, and overall history and experience. 

10. Colonial Life Arena: South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC - FEBRUARY 08: A general view as fans arrive early at the entrance gates prior to a game between the Connecticut Huskies and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena on February 8, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. The Gamecock Athletics Ticket Office announced this is the first-ever sell-out women's basketball game at the 18,000-seat facility and will be the largest crowd ever to watch an NCAA women's basketball game in the state of South Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Colonial Life Arena, simply put a powerhouse. The South Carolina women’s basketball program has emerged as one of the top programs in the country. The 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena is the largest in the state of South Carolina. South Carolina leads the nation in attendance bringing in an average of 12,218 fans during the 2019-20 season. 

On January 18, 2020, South Carolina unveiled a statue of legend A’ja Wilson outside its doors, making this one of the single greatest arenas of all-time for that fact alone!

9. KFC Yum! Center: Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 25: A general view of the inside of the arena during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Ohio Bobcats at KFC YUM! Center on November 25, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Louisville faithful love their KFC Yum! Center almost as much as they love their Cardinals. Since 2010, the KFC Yum! Center has housed the women’s basketball team, which has become a national powerhouse in the last decade. The 22,000-seat multi-purpose arena cost $234 million to build and is arguably one of the best in college basketball. The Louisville women rank in the top five annually for attendance drawn at 9,690 in 2019.

8. Ferrell Center: Baylor

WACO, TX - JANUARY 11: Ferrell Center during a game between the Baylor Bears and the Oklahoma State Cowgirls on January 11, 2012 in Waco, Texas. The Baylor Bears defeated the Oklahoma State Cowgirls 71-44. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

The Ferrell Center has served as home to the Baylor women’s basketball team for close to 34 years. Built in 1988, the capacity sits at 10,284 for basketball games, and the Lady Bears have remained steady in the top ten for attendance averaging 7,929 during the 2019-20 season. A handful of upgrades have taken place over the years, including state-of-the-art locker rooms, training rooms, media rooms, video boards, and the competition of the Lt. Jack Whetsel Jr. Practice facility in 2006.

7. Matthew Knight Arena: Oregon

EUGENE, OREGON - JANUARY 03: A general view of the court as the UCLA Bruins warm up before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on January 03, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)
(Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)

The Oregon Ducks have turned heads in recent years with their continued growth and success under head coach Kelly Graves. Despite the post-Sabrina Ionescu-era, Matthew Knight Arena is home to one of the hottest fan bases in women’s college basketball. 

Oregon has created an incredible atmosphere with its 12,364 multi-purpose arena since 2011. The floor design makes for one of the coolest in women’s college basketball. It appears to be looking up through the forest or, as they call it, a “Deep in the Woods.”

6. Humphrey Coliseum: Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 10: Humphrey Coliseum on the campus of the Mississippi State Bulldogs before a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Davis Wade Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Starkville, Mississippi. The Bulldogs defeated the Gamecocks 27-14. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Open since 1975, the 10,575-seat arena, nicknamed “The Hum,” is home to the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. Mississippi State ranks as one of the largest drawing programs in the country, averaging 7,681 fans during the 2019-20 season, which ranks in the top 15 for the last four seasons. In 2018, “The Hump” announced plans to undergo a massive renovation including modern amenities, terrace seating, two new lobbies, a team store, expanded concession, and dining options. In 2017, a brand new permanent floor was installed, costing $132,000.

5. Gill Coliseum: Oregon State

CORVALLIS, OREGON - NOVEMBER 27: An overall view of the court before the game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Northwest Eagles at Gill Coliseum on November 27, 2020 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)
(Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)

Gill Coliseum is one of the oldest and most historic arenas in women’s basketball. Its doors opened in 1949 with a capacity of 9,301. It houses a state-of-the-art sports medicine center for all student-athletes. Gill Coliseum enhanced the facility with video boards, scoreboards, and underwent upgrades to locker rooms, weight room, equipment center, and athletics offices.

4. Hinkle Fieldhouse: Butler

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Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Arenas
STORRS, CT - MARCH 23: A general view of Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on March 23, 2015 Storrs, Connecticut. (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)
(Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)

With the 2020-21 NCAA women’s basketball season nearing its halfway point and March Madness around the corner, let’s talk arenas. It is virtually impossible to make a list highlighting all of the incredible facilities and arenas women’s basketball teams compete in across the country during our favorite sports betting season.

Let’s dive into ten of the top arenas to watch women’s college basketball based on the venue, fan base, and overall history and experience. 

10. Colonial Life Arena: South Carolina
COLUMBIA, SC - FEBRUARY 08: A general view as fans arrive early at the entrance gates prior to a game between the Connecticut Huskies and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena on February 8, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. The Gamecock Athletics Ticket Office announced this is the first-ever sell-out women's basketball game at the 18,000-seat facility and will be the largest crowd ever to watch an NCAA women's basketball game in the state of South Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Colonial Life Arena, simply put a powerhouse. The South Carolina women’s basketball program has emerged as one of the top programs in the country. The 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena is the largest in the state of South Carolina. South Carolina leads the nation in attendance bringing in an average of 12,218 fans during the 2019-20 season. 

On January 18, 2020, South Carolina unveiled a statue of legend A’ja Wilson outside its doors, making this one of the single greatest arenas of all-time for that fact alone!

9. KFC Yum! Center: Louisville
LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 25: A general view of the inside of the arena during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Ohio Bobcats at KFC YUM! Center on November 25, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Louisville faithful love their KFC Yum! Center almost as much as they love their Cardinals. Since 2010, the KFC Yum! Center has housed the women’s basketball team, which has become a national powerhouse in the last decade. The 22,000-seat multi-purpose arena cost $234 million to build and is arguably one of the best in college basketball. The Louisville women rank in the top five annually for attendance drawn at 9,690 in 2019.

8. Ferrell Center: Baylor
WACO, TX - JANUARY 11: Ferrell Center during a game between the Baylor Bears and the Oklahoma State Cowgirls on January 11, 2012 in Waco, Texas. The Baylor Bears defeated the Oklahoma State Cowgirls 71-44. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
The Ferrell Center has served as home to the Baylor women’s basketball team for close to 34 years. Built in 1988, the capacity sits at 10,284 for basketball games, and the Lady Bears have remained steady in the top ten for attendance averaging 7,929 during the 2019-20 season. A handful of upgrades have taken place over the years, including state-of-the-art locker rooms, training rooms, media rooms, video boards, and the competition of the Lt. Jack Whetsel Jr. Practice facility in 2006.

7. Matthew Knight Arena: Oregon
EUGENE, OREGON - JANUARY 03: A general view of the court as the UCLA Bruins warm up before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on January 03, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)
(Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)
The Oregon Ducks have turned heads in recent years with their continued growth and success under head coach Kelly Graves. Despite the post-Sabrina Ionescu-era, Matthew Knight Arena is home to one of the hottest fan bases in women’s college basketball. 

Oregon has created an incredible atmosphere with its 12,364 multi-purpose arena since 2011. The floor design makes for one of the coolest in women’s college basketball. It appears to be looking up through the forest or, as they call it, a “Deep in the Woods.”

6. Humphrey Coliseum: Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 10: Humphrey Coliseum on the campus of the Mississippi State Bulldogs before a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Davis Wade Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Starkville, Mississippi. The Bulldogs defeated the Gamecocks 27-14. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Open since 1975, the 10,575-seat arena, nicknamed “The Hum,” is home to the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. Mississippi State ranks as one of the largest drawing programs in the country, averaging 7,681 fans during the 2019-20 season, which ranks in the top 15 for the last four seasons. In 2018, “The Hump” announced plans to undergo a massive renovation including modern amenities, terrace seating, two new lobbies, a team store, expanded concession, and dining options. In 2017, a brand new permanent floor was installed, costing $132,000.

5. Gill Coliseum: Oregon State
CORVALLIS, OREGON - NOVEMBER 27: An overall view of the court before the game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Northwest Eagles at Gill Coliseum on November 27, 2020 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)
(Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)
Gill Coliseum is one of the oldest and most historic arenas in women’s basketball. Its doors opened in 1949 with a capacity of 9,301. It houses a state-of-the-art sports medicine center for all student-athletes. Gill Coliseum enhanced the facility with video boards, scoreboards, and underwent upgrades to locker rooms, weight room, equipment center, and athletics offices.

4. Hinkle Fieldhouse: Butler
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 09: Exterior view of Hinkle Fieldhouse before a college basketball game between the Butler Bulldogs and the Connecticut Huskies on January 9, 2021 at the Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

It’s nearly impossible to talk about the best arenas without mentioning the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. Built in 1928, Hinkle was the biggest arena in its time until 1950 and is the sixth-oldest arena still currently in use. It has been considered a National Historic Landmark since 1987. 

During the summer of 2014, Hinkle underwent a major $36 million renovation with upgrades to locker rooms, office spaces, video rooms, hospitality suites, and an expanded weight room. Fun Fact: The final scene of Hoosiers was filmed in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

3. Hilton Coliseum: Iowa State

AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 29: The Iowa State Cyclones take on the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions in the second half of the play at Hilton Coliseum on November 29, 2020 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 80-63 over the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

Iowa State is one of the toughest places for opponents to play in the country due to their consistent and loyal fan base. In 2019-20, the Cyclones ranked third in the country, averaging 9,690 fans per game. The forty-year-old facility opened its doors in 1971, costing over $8.15 million at the time. A massive renovation took place in 2006, which included scoreboards, video boards, offices, meeting spaces, and cushioned seating for fans. 

2. Gampel Pavilion: UConn

STORRS, CT - MARCH 23: A general view of Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on March 23, 2015 Storrs, Connecticut. (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)
(Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)

The UConn Huskies have remained a powerhouse, and their attendance average has been in the top ten for the last decade. Gampel Pavilion proves to be a destination for any hoop head and basketball betting fanatic, housing their 11 National Championship banners as a constant reminder of their sheer dominance over the last 25 years. The 171,000-square-foot facility opened in 1990, holds 9,882 fans, and cost $28 million to complete at the time.

1. Williams Arena: Minnesota

“The Barn” opened in 1928 and is one of the oldest active arenas in the country and currently serves as the home for Minnesota women’s basketball. At the time it was built, it cost $650,000 to complete and had a capacity of 14,100. Williams Arena has undergone major renovations in 1950, 1991, and 1997 to its locker rooms, meeting spaces, and weight rooms. Its current capacity is 14,625.

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Rachel Galligan is a basketball analyst at BetMGM, HERO Sports, and Winsidr, focusing on college hoops and the WNBA. She’s a former D1 standout at Eastern Illinois University, a three-time Hall of Famer, professional basketball player and collegiate coach. Rachel also has served as a color analyst for ESPN, OVC Sports Network, and Mountain West Network.

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