Matthew Knight Arena

Collegiate Arena for University of Oregon Ducks

Project Overview

Garnering industry accolades and national media attention, University of Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena is undoubtedly one of the nation’s premier college sports venues. With the steepest seating bowl of any new collegiate arena, this 12,500-seat venue is designed to replicate the aura and intimacy of the antiquated “Mac Court” in a modern and sustainable form. The LEED Gold building includes two practice courts, five locker rooms, strength & conditioning, training, hydrotherapy and nutrition facilities, ticket offices and two retail Duck Stores. The world class arena hosts men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and numerous other sports, concerts and events.

Our Role

JMI Sports initially provided consulting services to the University’s Athletic Department on key planning elements for a new arena, including the creation of a pricing model to maximize ticket revenues and sponsorships dollars, and was then appointed Development Manager of Matthew Knight Arena, tasked with managing every element of the project on behalf of the University. The initial stages of this $200 million project faced steep political, financing and entitlement challenges; our experience and tireless efforts, most notably in the land use permitting process, proved critical to its ultimate approval and ground breaking. JMI Sports diligently managed the design and construction teams throughout the project. The arena’s design and program were significantly enhanced under the leadership of JMI Sports without a cost impact to the project. We were able to add critical program late in the process by deftly managing the fixed budget throughout every phase of the project. The University ultimately received an iconic building, on time and under budget, that met every one of their programmatic and aesthetic objectives. Due to our diligent oversight of the arena project, the University asked JMI Sports to manage the design and construction of an $18 million, 377-space underground parking structure on the arena site.