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Mac Court was the second oldest active on-campus arena in Division I, just two years younger than Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym. The first men’s game was played there on Jan. 14, 1927, when Oregon defeated Willamette 38-10.

The building was later home to the Oregon’s famed “Tall Firs” team, which beat Ohio State 46-33 to win the first NCAA basketball championship in 1939.

What Mac Court lacked in modern conveniences, it made up in character. Known as one of the more intimidating courts in the Pac-10, the raucous “Pit Crew” could shake the baskets just by stomping.

Altman said the new arena, with a state-of-the-art video scoreboard that has been dubbed “Knight Vision,” should stand the test of time too, and will likely help with recruiting.

“Great venue,” he said in a conference call with Pac-10 coaches earlier this week. “I think our fans will really enjoy it. I think our players definitely will _ new locker rooms, the player’s lounge, all those things will make it a great home for us.”