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Date Opened 1969
Venue Capacity 8,500
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Venue Address 3875 Holman Street
Houston, TX 77004

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Hofheinz Pavilion is an 8,500-seat multi-purpose arena on the University of Houston campus in Houston, Texas. Located at 3875 Holman Street, it is home to the University of Houston Cougars mens and womens basketball teams as well as the womens volleyball team. The building is named for Houston politician, businessman and philanthropist Judge Roy Hofheinz, who is a UH alumnus. The arena opened on Dec. 1, 1969.

In addition to athletics, the arena has been used for other purposes such as UH graduation ceremonies and area high school commencements. Before the construction of larger Houston venues like the The Summit, it also hosted many concerts by famous artists like the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Prince, Madonna, Genesis and Yes. Popular music concerts are still held at Hofheinz, often when a major act decides against playing at the larger (and ticketing-industry controlled) venues in town. Prince held several shows at Hofheinz Pavillion on his Musicology Tour in 2004, but most current performances are by less popular artists.

In 1998, Hofheinz again underwent a renovation as part of a capital improvement campaign undertaken by the university to upgrade its athletic facilities. In its original format Hofheinz Pavilion had a seating capacity of 10,000. As part of the renovation, a ring of luxury suites was added to the top of the seating bowl. This addition necessitated the removal of 1,500 seats, reducing capacity to its current level of 8,500.

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