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Barnhill Arena -- Home of Arkansas Volleyball
       When Arkansas started its volleyball program in 1994, it had an unfair advantage. Sure, the team was filled with freshmen and transfers. But they played in Barnhill Arena.
       Feared for decades as one of the toughest basketball venues in America, Barnhill got a new job when Bud Walton Arena opened.
       Consider . . .
       * -- Barnhill Arena is the nation's largest on-campus volleyball-only facility. It has locker rooms to handle six teams, seating capacity of 9,000, plus press row accommodations for up to 100 media.
       * -- Arkansas never had a losing basketball season in Barnhill, and has never had a losing volleyball season either.

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Learn more about Barnhill Arena's history
       Like the Bulls in the United Center, the Magic in the O-rena, or the Cowboys in Texas Stadium, the University of Arkansas volleyball team is tough to beat at home.
       The Lady Razorbacks are 65-15 through five home seasons and 33-7 in SEC match play in Barnhill. But the arena hasn't only been successful for volleyball.
       Barnhill Arena was authorized in 1953 as the University's new multipurpose arena. Named for John Barnhill, the Fieldhouse, as it was originally known, underwent a drastic renovation in 1976-78. The renovation created the seating arrangement which turned the facility into a basketball-only configuration.
       March 3, 1993, closed Barnhill's career as a basketball facility with a gala party, complete with a coast-to-coast broadcast of the Arkansas-LSU men's game on ESPN and closing ceremonies carried live statewide.
       Now Barnhill, once one of the most feared home courts for basketball, is recognized as one of the nations best volleyball-only facilities.
       As the home of Lady'Back volleyball, Barnhill underwent renovation of its playing surface to convert the then 19-year-old hardwood floor to a volleyball configuration. It was unveiled to the public during Arkansas' summer camps, including the first-ever volleyball camp at the Fayetteville campus. In addition to the on-the-court renovation, the Lady Razorback volleyball program was provided with a state-of-the-art locker room. Their locker room features a lounge area, team room with a large screen television and VCR for viewing film, a changing room with lockers and shower/restroom area.
       Barnhill Arena also serves as the primary office building for the Women's Athletic Department housing the administrative and coaching offices of the Lady Razorback staff. In addition, Barnhill provides the Lady Razorbacks with their own weight training facility as well as a full service training room.
       The summer of 1999 marked yet another change in Barnhill's history when the Women's Athletics Department upgraded the facility creating the nation's first collegiate sports museum dedicated solely to women's athletics. The state-of-the-art interactive museum, which includes a large volleyball display, also features an interactive theater, a kiosk linked to www.ladybacks.com and all of the Lady Razorbacks' conference and national honors. The museum celebrates all 11 of Arkansas' women's sports and also includes the Lady'Backs academic honors.
       Barnhill again underwent changes in the summer of 2002. The volleyball-only facility welcomed the addition of gymnastics for the 2002-03 season and the facility was given a face-lift to remain one of the best in the country. Among the changes was a new paint job on the court, expanding the boarders to 10 feet and refinishing and lightening the surrounding wood surfaces. New lights, including specialized “show lights” with shutters that allow for instant “on-off” capabilities, and new seating were some of the other changes. Barnhill Arena also serves as office space for the Lady Razorbacks. Several coaches’ offices, most of the teams locker rooms and the training and equipment rooms are located here.

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