Since the doors opened on December 1, 1969, Hofheinz Pavilion has provided University of Houston teams with a decided home-court advantage while giving fans a splendid view for top-flight NCAA action. With the addition of luxury suites ringing the top rim of seats for the 1998-99 season, capacity of Hofheinz Pavilion now stands at 8,479. Click to enlarge image
In addition to its convenient location on the corner of Cullen Boulevard and Holman Street, Hofheinz Pavilion's low ceiling lets fans feel close to the action. Theatre-style cushion seats encircle the court without any obstruction, providing an excellent view from any seat. Recent improvements have modernized the facility and enhanced its charm.
The Lady Cougars have played a winning brand of basketball in Hofheinz Pavilion from the very start as the facility is the only home court they have ever known in 23 seasons. UH has won 10 or more games in a season at Hofheinz nine times and only four times have the Lady Cougars finished with a record below .500 on the home court. Click to enlarge image
Hofheinz Pavilion was named in honor of Judge Roy Hofheinz, the entrepreneur who gained world acclaim for conceiving and spearheading the city of Houston's construction of the Houston Astrodome. Hofheinz and his wife, Irene, met as students at the University of Houston in 1929. They later created the Judge Roy Hofheinz Foundation which contributed $1.5 million toward the construction of the Pavilion.
The multipurpose facility is also used for concerts, special events, convocations and student-sponsored activities. It has been the site for numerous University functions, such as commencement exercises and professional seminars and forums. Click to enlarge image
Hofheinz Pavilion has been renovated twice recently. A new ceiling, lighting and sound system were installed in 1991. In 1992, through a donation by alumni John and Rebecca Moores, the men's and women's basketball locker rooms were enlarged, and equipped with personal lockers for each Cougar and Lady Cougar player.
Adjacent to the locker room is a meeting area and lounge furnished with couches, a color television, a stereo sound system and a pull-down projection screen. Click to enlarge image
In October 2004, a Conor Uni-Force Flooring System was installed.