The J. Martin Klotsche Center is the home of Panther men's and women's basketball as well as volleyball and track and field.
In fact, the men's basketball team will be playing its home games full-time in the building for the first time since 2003. The Klotsche Center, originally erected in 1977, has received regular facelifts and upgrades over its 35 years of existence. The playing surface is only a few years old, featuring a large Panther logo at midcourt and a number of other UWM and Horizon League markings. This comes of the heels of a renovation that was completed while the Pavilion was built. The existing arena now has air conditioning, a new sound system and new concession areas. Fans attending events at the Klotsche Center can park in the Pavilion parking garage and enter the building without ever going outside.
These latest projects are just the most recent pieces 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.
Prior to construction of the Pavilion, 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. With the addition of the adjacent Pavilion and other changes to the facility, the current seating capacity is approximately 3,400.
Along with now again being the home for the Panther men, the Klotsche Center is the regular homecourt for volleyball and women's basketball while a four-lane indoor track is home to the UWM's track and field teams. The Klotsche Center Natatorium, located on the lower level, is home to the swimming and diving teams. The building also still contains space for the general student population, with locker rooms, racquetball courts and classroom space on the lower level, plus there are offices for the recreation staff.
As a practice facility for the Panthers, it provides eight baskets near the main court. Side courts can also be used for extra shooting practice or other drills while another team's practice is taking place on the main court. Plus, the arena is located on the same level as the team rooms and locker rooms in the Pavilion, meaning the teams are just steps away from its locker room during all practices.
The Klotsche Center has been home to a number of league championship events and area high school 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 arena also played host to an appearance by President George W. Bush in August 2002.