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Long Overdue Expansion to McKenzie Arena Coming Soon in New Athletic Center

By Carlos Moore 

Chattanooga, Tenn. ( built in 1982, McKenzie Arena is finally receiving a little love with the addition of the Wolford Center.  

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announced in November the arena that seats about 11,000 and serves as home court for the UTC Mocs basketball team is getting its first major renovation in 39 years with the building of the new Wolford athletic center.  

The $22 million dollar, 35 thousand square feet project will soon serve as an athletic center with new weight rooms and other facilities for the growing sports teams within the University, specifically the football team. The announcement also brought news that the center would be paying tribute to the late Bucky Wolford, a UTC football legend who already has a building on campus named after him.  

During his time at UTC Bucky Wolford was an All-American for the Mocs football team that excelled on both sides of the ball during his career. After his playing days ended, he then began a career in business where he still showed a lot of love and support to the University. His love and dedication to the school earned him two spots in the Utc Hall of Fame, in athletics and entrepreneurship.  

After hearing the news Wolford’s son, Chad Wolford describes the honoring of his father as a “really special and proud moment for my family and my dad”.  

The expansion to the arena add to the many million dollar renovations that have occurred on campus and future projects, announcements of renovations all throughout campus for 2021 will continue to alter and expand the University. 


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