If you are fond of basketball games, pay a visit to this popular basketball venue in Chattanooga. McKenzie Arena is a primary venue for the University of Tennessee, where apart from games, concerts, circus, monster truck shows and many other occasional events are held. The arena has a capacity of 11,000 people. Some great personalities of America have performed here like Vince Gill, Shania Twain, Allman Brothers, Luther Vandross, Rod Stewart and Lionel Richie. Tournament like Longhorn Championship has also been held over here.
Mckenzie Arena Travel Tips
- Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office or by calling the information center.
- Most events will go off-sale for online tickets, 6 hours prior to the event.
- Handicapped accommodations are available. Please notify box office personnel at the time of purchasing the ticket.
- Wheelchair locations are reserved on a first-come/first served basis directly from the Box Office. Wheelchair locations are limited to one wheelchair and one companion seat. These locations are not available on e-tickets.
- The Arena Box Office accepts cash or bank card at anytime. Cheques are accepted for ticket purchases 14 work days or earlier prior to an event.
- All programs, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.
- No audio or video recording devices permitted for professional performances. Still cameras may be allowed at the discretion of the artist.
- No outside food or drinks are allowed.
- All purses, backpacks, bags and packages must be inspected by the security.
- No re-entry allowed (you may not leave and re-enter on the same ticket).
Entrance Ticket Details For Mckenzie Arena
- Ticket price varies according to the event. Check the ticket price from the official website or ask at the box office.
Mckenzie Arena Hours
- Box office – 10am – 5pm (Monday to Friday)
- Box office is closed on national holidays.
- Arrive at least 1 ½ hours before event times.
How to Reach Mckenzie Arena
By car: Take Highway 27 to the 4th Street exit (#1C).
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3.64% of people who visit Chattanooga include Mckenzie Arena in their plan
60% of people start their Mckenzie Arena visit around 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Mckenzie Arena
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Mckenzie Arena
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Mckenzie Arena Reviews & Ratings
I actually work in the arena for the UTC Athletics Department. Not only does the arena host many athletics related events (UTC Men’s and Women's Basketball, the Southern Scuffle Wrestling Tournament, etc.) that I would highly recommend you to attend, it also hosts a wide variety of other events such as concerts, Cirque du Soleil, etc. If you want to see some high level collegiate athletics competition without the high prices, fighting large crowds, horrific traffic pre and post event, great seats, and fast lines, than I highly recommend stopping by.
Well let's start with the outside of the venue. I went for the Winter Jam concert as an example. All 3 desperate gates were used as entrances. One of them was used for people who bought tickets prior, rather than at the door. But you wouldn't know that since there was ZERO staff directing lines, or from preventing people from cutting. Since the lines were so long that they were overlapping each other. Not a soul was out there picking up trash/changing full trash bags in their cans. They'd rather it just pile up at the gate entrance, and have it roll into people coming up the ramp to get inside. Disgusting. A bit unrelated, it's also an ugly, rusted building. Not attractive. The inside isn't much better either. Hallways around the stage areas are narrow, and a pain in the butt to navigate through. You can tell the arena is old by that fact alone. It's not equipped for the modern American body. (Fat asses) It also gets way too hot with everybody so close together. Tear it down, and replace it with a more spacious venue. You'll attract larger musical acts, and improve the overall experience for the customer. For now on I'll be avoiding any events held here. It's just not worth the stress.
Earned my business degree here. What a beautiful campus. So great to be able to come back as an alumni.
Saw James Taylor perform here. It was a great show and the venue was nice. The staff was super friendly as well.
A great facility for smaller sized major events. This is the multi purpose large scale community building for most major indoor events in Chattanooga, TN. So in addition to of the UTC sporting events such a basketball. The building also host events such as Monster Jam and Disney on Ice, when those events come through the area. The building is smaller than buildings used for professional basketball in places like Atlanta and is also smaller than major city "arenas" like one in Baltimore, MD. So the McKenzie Arena, cannot hold a full. "3 Ring Circus", when Ringling Bros visits Chattanooga. It is a scaled down single ring version instead. And it's a similar scale down with some other events, that may have a larger scale production, in other facilities that can accommodate such. Parking nearby is less than sufficient. If you are not early for major events, you will have a very long walk from a less than stellar secondary parking area. If you can even get a spot there. Bottom line, arrive early. The concessions stands have some of the typical concessions food. But no burgers and no chicken of any type. The only meat products are small hot dogs and chilli on either the hot dog or nachos. They may have pepperoni pizza, but that's about all the meat that can be found. Probably best to have a good meal in advance. But since the facility is not very large, most every seat is a decent view of an event. And the prices for the " cheap seats " really are economical. It also means that once inside, the walk to your seat, the restroom or concessions is short.