The Adams Center auxiliary gymnasiums were completed in 1998, providing Grizzly Athletics with two additional facilities for athletic events and practices.
The auxiliary gymnasiums are located just south of the newly-renovated Adams Center and north of the Grizzly Pool. The facility is split into two separate venues. The West Auxiliary Gymnasium (WAG) is the playing venue for the Montana volleyball program. The East Auxiliary Gymnasium (EAG) is a practice facility for all UM programs, particularly during the winter months when indoor training is needed.
The WAG is large enough to set up three volleyball courts, allowing it to be conducive to regular-season tournaments, summer camps and other events as needed. It also has been used as a practice area for both UM basketball teams.
The Griz christened the WAG in 1999 with an impressive 10-1 record, highlighted by a season-opening eight-match win streak.
The WAG features a permanent maple wood floor and a high-intensity lighting system. A scoreboard from Dahlberg Arena was mounted on the south side of the WAG and permanent shot clocks for basketball were mounted behind the backstops. A state-of-the-art public-address system is in place, and eight speakers were installed at ceiling height to provide quality sound throughout the facility. The volleyball program also purchased nets, standards, pads, and transport carts to aid in the transition to the facility.
There is seating for 1,218 fans, providing an intimate atmosphere for matches. The entire facility is handicap accessible from both the east and west sides. The connecting south concourse of the Adams Center is used for ticket sales, food and beverage sales, and restrooms.
The East Auxiliary Gymnasium (EAG) will be solely used as a practice facility for all UM sports programs, including basketball, cross country, golf, football, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.
Montana's main facility, the Adams Center, opened in the fall of 1999 after nearly two years and $15 million of renovation. The improvements, along with the addition of the auxiliary facility, make The University of Montana one of the best places to play volleyball in the Big Sky Conference.
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