Volleyball At The Klotsche Center
The J. Martin Klotsche Center is the home of Panther volleyball.
The Klotsche Center, originally erected in 1977, has been given a number of new looks over the last 30 years. Most recently, the floor has been repainted, complete with updated Panther and Horizon League logos.
A much bigger project wrapped up in the spring of 2006. Along with work that created the brand-new Pavilion, adjacent to the Klotsche Center, the existing arena now has air conditioning, a new sound system and new concession areas. Plus, fans attending matches at the Klotsche Center can park in the 600-car Pavilion parking garage and enter the building without ever going outside.
This latest project is just the most recent major piece of work done to upgrade the home of Panther athletics. The arena area was also renovated prior to the 1998-99 school year. The $2 million project included the addition of comfort and chairback seating. In 1996, new wood flooring and a new indoor track were added to the Klotsche Center. The floor has been renovated a number of other times, as well.
The Klotsche Center can hold as many as 5,000 spectators for a sporting event, and the volleyball capacity is approximately 2,500. The largest crowd to ever see a sporting event at the Klotsche Center is 5,015, present when the UWM men's basketball team faced Butler in 2002. The record for a volleyball crowd at the Klotsche Center is 1,121 set when UWM battled Wisconsin in the final match of the Panther Invitational in 2006. The Panthers have also drawn more than 3,000 fans for women's basketball battles with in-state rival Green Bay.
The UWM volleyball team has experienced nothing but success at the Klotsche Center in recent seasons. UWM is 166-27 in the building since 1996, while the Panthers have lost just two regular season league matches at the Klotsche Center since 2003. UWM also posted a school-record 33-match home winning streak from 1996-99 and has recorded three unbeaten campaigns at the Klotsche Center over the last 13 seasons. The Panthers have recorded a number of memorable wins at the Klotsche Center. UWM opened the 1999 season with a win over ninth-ranked Wisconsin, while in 2000 the Panthers claimed a thrilling, five-game win over Cincinnati, which entered the match ranked number one in the region. UWM also claimed the 2001 and 2011 Horizon League Volleyball Tournament titles on its homecourt, and then captured a win over #18 Iowa State in 2008.
The Klotsche Center is used as a practice facility for most of UWM's varsity sports while serving as the homecourt for volleyball and men's and women's basketball. A four-lane indoor track, added in 1996, is home to the UWM men's and women's track and field teams, and the Klotsche Center Natatorium, located on the lower level, is home to the UWM swimming and diving teams.
The Klotsche Center has been home to a number of league championship events, including the 2006 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship. The arena has also been home to a number of area high school playoff events.
In August of 2002, the Klotsche Center played host to a game involving the Yugoslavian National Basketball team and NBA superstar Vlade Divac. The team wound up winning the World Basketball Championships the next month. The arena also played host to an appearance by President George W. Bush in August of 2002.
UWM In Division I At The Klotsche Center
Year League Overall 2011 8-0 12-2 2010 7-1 10-4 2009 7-1 8-4 2008 8-0 10-2 2007 8-0 13-1 2006 6-0 9-1 2005 7-0 8-3 2004 7-0 12-1 2003 6-1 9-2 2002 5-2 8-3 2001 7-0 13-1 2000 6-0 12-0 1999 5-1 11-1 1998 6-0 9-0 1997 5-1 13-0 1996 5-2 9-2 1995 3-4 9-5 1994 1-5 4-6 1993 1-8 3-10 1992 n/a 1-11 1991 n/a 1-8 1990 n/a 8-4 TOTALS 108-26 192-71
Getting To The Klotsche Center
The Klotsche Center is located at 3409 N. Downer Ave. Fans can park in the Pavilion parking garage, which can be accessed via driveway off of both Edgewood and Downer.
From the South or West, take I-94 to I-794 east. Follow 794 to the Lakefront/Lincoln Memorial Drive exit. Following Lincoln Memorial Drive along the lakeshore until Lincoln turns west and becomes Kenwood Blvd.
Follow Kenwood Blvd. to Downer Ave. Turn right on Downer to the Pavilion Parking Garage. From the north, take I-43 to the Capitol Dr. exit. Take a left at the stoplight at the end of the exit ramp and another left onto Capitol. Follow Capitol to Downer Ave. Turn right on Downer to the Pavilion Parking Garage.