Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
MAC Center Fast Facts
Named For: Memorial for students and alumni who
fought and died in World War II
The Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center on the Kent State campus has long been a bustling hub for intercollegiate athletics. Built in 1952 in honor of the brave Kent State students and alumni that fought in World War II, the MAC Center hosts Golden Flashes basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and wrestling events as well as convocation and select entertainment events.
In 1992, the facility underwent a major facelift, including a name change from the old Memorial Gymnasium to the MAC Center. Along with interior renovations including team rooms, galleries, trophy rooms and an improved fan experience, the exterior of the MAC Center features an inviting façade to welcome Kent State students, alumni and fans.
Among the additions inside the MAC Center is the Blue and Gold Club Loge, which provides a panoramic view of the competition court from the third floor of the building. In 2006, another set of renovations swept through the MAC Center bringing a new parquet floor and a pair of video sideboards for replays and graphics.
Volleyball begins the academic year with its fall season from August to November at the MAC Center. The building bustles with excitement as the season progresses, with men’s and women’s basketball along with gymnastics and wrestling competing in the winter.
All five teams have found measured success in the confines of the MAC Center, making it a formidable place to play for foes. Women’s basketball boasted a 43-game home unbeaten streak from 1997 to 2001 and has a home winning percentage among the best in the nation. Men’s basketball