The arena, which currently has a seating capacity of 12,482, has hosted the NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional, several NCAA first round games, state high school basketball tournaments and hundreds of concerts featuring some of the top entertainers in
The complex first opened its doors on Nov. 30, 1968 for the
The Pan American Center, which was designed by W.C. Kruger and Associates of Santa Fe and is presently valued at considerably more than the construction price back in 1968, is one of the finest sports facilities in the southwest and one of the largest in the Rocky Mountain region.
Paul Rader, a former NMSU vice president, tabbed it as the Pan American Center because of its position along Interstate 25, also known as the Pan American Highway and NMSU’s continuing programs with communities throughout the western hemisphere.
On Oct. 10, 2005, a $23.5 million renovation and expansion project on the complex began. A new annex building was added to the south end of the arena that features offices, practice facilities and locker rooms, which opened in November 2006 and the final renovation project was completed before the 2007 WAC Basketball Championships.
The upgrades to the arena greatly improved access and amenities throughout the building and created a more modern and competitive athletic team facility.
Other key features added in the renovations were a new concourse below the upper level seating, six new concessions stands, new rest room facilities (approximately double the number of men’s facilities and quadruple the number of women’s facilities), two elevators providing access from the concourse in the south lobby to the court level and ADA compliant seating on the concourse and court levels.
A brand new center-hung jumbo-tron was also added in the
Entering this season, the men’s and women’s basketball programs and the volleyball team has had tremendous success in its home arena, where the Aggie fans have welcomed opponents to Las Cruces with a fierceness and a tenacity, both on the court and in the stands, the like of which are hard to find elsewhere in college athletics.
In 1998-99 and in 1999-00, the
The men’s team is now in its 40th consecutive season in the complex and since the 1968-69 season, the Aggies have an astonishing record of 446-128 in the
The Aggie men’s team has had four undefeated seasons in the complex, including a then-school-best 16-0 mark during the 1989-90 campaign. Other undefeated seasons came in 1969-70 (15-0), 1970-71 (14-0) and 1979-80 (14-0). In last year’s 2006-07 season, the Aggies set a new record for home victories with 19 (19-1 overall).
NMSU’s women’s basketball team made the permanent move from the
The Aggies most dominant period in the complex came from 1984-96, when NMSU won 141 out of 170 games (.829) in those 12 seasons.
On Dec. 7, 1986, the Aggies embarked on a 1,160 day streak where they reeled off 38 consecutive victories at home. It all started with a 86-58 win over
The 2007 volleyball season was the 20th year for the Aggie volleyball team in the
NMSU is 157-89 (.638) all-time in the
The largest crowd ever to attend an Aggie volleyball match was 7,115 on Oct. 1, 2005 against