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The Vines Center

Arena Quick Facts

Name: The Vines Convocation Center
Site: Next to DeMoss Hall in the middle of the Liberty University campus
Capacity: 8,085 for basketball and 10,000 for special events
Construction: The main portion of the building is constructed of steel and concrete, and the roof is constructed with 10-foot triangular aluminum sections that are pieced together by Temcor, a roofing company out of Torrence, Calif.
Contractor: McDevitt & Street of Raleigh, N.C.
Architect: Haken/Corley and Associates of Raleigh, N.C.
Date of Completion: November, 1990
Facilities: The Vines Convocation Center includes four concession stands, basketball coaches offices, locker and team room facilities, a weight room, a training room, a hospitality room and press room
Playing Surface: The basketball court is a hardwood surface

In November of 1990, Liberty University moved into its new basketball home - The Vines Center. The facility annually hosts the Super Conference and has also played host to the Harlem Globetrotters, National Basketball Association exhibition games, the Big South Basketball Tournament and high school basketball tournaments. Graduation, convocation and concerts are also held at the Vines Center on a regular basis.

A major contributor donated the money in 1989 for Liberty to start construction on the 10,000-seat special events/basketball arena on Liberty Mountain. Seating for basketball is 8,500. The project was undertaken by McDevitt & Street Contractors of Raleigh, N.C., with the architectural work being completed by Haken/Corley and Associates, also of Raleigh.

McDevitt & Street is no stranger to Liberty University. The contractors completed Liberty's 12,000-seat football stadium in the fall of 1989, and have built the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Diamond (baseball park) in Richmond, Va., Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium and the minor league baseball facility in Durham, N.C., where the Durham Bulls play.

The Vines Center includes an attractive silver dome roof similar to what Baylor University has on its arena in Waco, Texas. Also included in the Vines Center are four concession areas, basketball coaches offices, locker and team room facilities, a weight room, a training room, a hospitality room and a press room. The facility is one of the largest on-campus basketball arenas in the state of Virginia.

During the 1996-97 season, a season-record attendance ranked in the top 100 of the nation, marking the first time in the school’s or conference’s history that a member institution’s home basketball attendance ranked in the top 100 nationally.

The Big South Conference Tournament was held in the Vines Center from 1995-98, with the Lynchburg community showing unbelievable support during the tournament’s four-year tenure. The men’s tournament was played in Lynchburg the first two years, and then it was a combined men’s and women’s tournament the final two years.

During the last two years Liberty hosted the tournament, the combined men’s and women’s basketball tournament saw over 7,000 fans attend the men’s tournament daily, including a record crowd of 8,343 for the semifinal round. A record attendance of over 4,400 fans watched the women’s tournament and a single-game record of over 2,300 turned out for the championship game.

The final year, over 5,300 attended the men’s tournament daily, including a semifinal crowd of 6,655. The men’s attendance figures ranked third among NCAA Division I conference tournament attendance numbers and 11th among all Division I conferences. The women’s tournament produced more record crowds, with 4,921 attending the semifinal round and a record-shattering 5,041 taking in the championship tilt.

The Big South Championship returned to the Liberty University in 2003 as the Vines Center hosted the semifinals and the championship games for both the men’s and women’s championships after the quarterfinals were played as the home sites of the higher-seeded team under the conference’s new tournament format.

In 2004, the Big South Conference experimented with the format of the Big South Championship again as it allowed the higher-seeded team to host each round of the tournament and Liberty hosted a quarterfinal, semifinal and both championship games and saw the largest attendance in a men’s championship game with 8,515 screaming fans watching the Flames down High Point in a national televised championship game on ESPN.

Vines Center Single Game Men’s Basketball Attendance Records

  Attendance Date

W-L

Result
1. 9,003 1/23/97

L

Liberty 47, Virginia Tech 59 
2. 8,650 2/24/92

L

Liberty 70, Virginia Tech 73
3. 8,547 1/28/95

L

Liberty 70, Virginia Tech 101 
4. 8,515 3/6/04

W

Liberty 89, High Point 44 *
5. 8,343 2/28/97

W

Liberty 85, Radford 73 * 
6. 8,287 3/1/96  

Liberty 73, UNC Asheville 60 * 
7. 8,173   3/2/96  

Liberty 53, UNC Greensboro 79 * 
8. 8,157   2/29/96  

Liberty 74, UMBC 52  
9. 8, 143 11/17/09 L

Liberty 39, Clemson 79

10. 8,126   3/7/03  

Liberty 52, Radford 55 * 

  * - Big South Tournament Game

Vines Center Single Game Women’s Basketball Attendance Records

  Attendance Date

W-L

Result
1. 5,117 1/31/98

W

Liberty 79, Radford 66 
2. 5,041 2/28/98

W

Liberty 65, UNC Asheville 53 *
3. 4,921 2/27/98

W

 Liberty 64, Charleston Southern 54 *
4. 4,211 2/19/98

W

 Liberty 57, Elon 49 
5. 4,121 12/14/02

L

Virginia Tech 53, Liberty 50 
6. 3,913 11/13/98

L

Virginia Tech 69, Liberty 55
7. 3,752 2/26/00

W

Liberty 79, Radford 36 
8. 3,412 12/5/06

L

Virginia Tech 55, Liberty 52 
9. 3,387 2/20/10

W

Liberty 57, Coastal Carolina 55 
10. 3,366  2/18/06 

W

Liberty 62, High Point 53  

  * - Big South Tournament Game