The Hearnes Center
In its 28-year history as the home of the Tigers, the Hearnes Center has
been the site of some of Missouri's greatest basketball moments. Since the
Tigers posted a 21-6 record and received a bid to the NIT in Hearnes'
opening year, Missouri has won eight conference championships. The homecourt
advantage has been a big part of that success. The Tigers' record in the
arena is 354-63, including a 191-20 mark versus non-conference teams.
The complex, officially named the Warren E. Hearnes Multipurpose Building,
was dedicated by Governor Hearnes during summer commencement ceremonies,
Aug. 4, 1972. Coach Norm Stewart's Tigers followed with an 87-75 triumph
over Ohio University on Nov. 25, 1972, in the first game staged in the
The $11 million structure's primary feature is a spacious arena, with a
seating capacity of 13,300 for basketball. The single-game attendance record
was broken twice this past season, as 13,782 fans witnessed MU's clash with
Indiana on Dec. 7, 1999, only to see that record broken a month later on
Jan. 22, 2000, when 14,098 flipped the turnstiles to see MU hand rival
Kansas an 81-59 beating. Three of MU's top-10 alltime crowds at Hearnes
came in Quin Snyder's first season at the helm.
For the 1996-97 season, a brand-new Robbins portable hardwood floor replaced
a similar model that was installed prior to the 1980-81 season, which, in
turn, replaced the building's original Tartan surface. The court was
revamped with a black apron and black foul lanes prior to the 1999-2000
season, and was stripped, resurfaced and repainted again prior to the
The building, which measures 546 by 352 feet and includes more than 324,000
square feet of floor space, also houses other facilities. A 220-yard,
eight-lane indoor track occupies the south end of the facility. A
regulation-size practice basketball court is located on the building's
fourth level, along with wrestling and gymnastics practice gymnasiums.
The basketball arena and fieldhouse are separated by a section containing
Missouri's intercollegiate athletic offices and the building administration
office. There are also offices for the Conference and Short Courses
Department of the University's Extension Division and the Law Enforcement
Training Institute. Ten meeting rooms seating from 50-225 persons are
available for rent to groups holding conventions or meetings.
In July of 2000, Hearnes Center operations staff was welcomed into the
athletic department family, and for the first time, all Hearnes functions
now fall under the athletic department's umbrella.
In 1994, new dressing rooms and a post-game interview room were constructed
for both the men's and women's basketball teams, and the working press room
Improvements planned for the 2000-01 season include renovations to the media
workroom and interview room, which will improve both the functionality and
aesthetics of the space.
Future plans call for either a multi-million dollar renovation to the
Hearnes Center, or a brand new facility being built somewhere nearby. A
feasibility study to determine to plan of action is to be completed soon.
Hearnes Center was designed by the architectural firm of Sverdrup & Parcel
and Associates of St. Louis. Constructed on a natural depression, much of
the building is below ground level.
hearnes attendance records
1. 14,098, 1-22-00 vs. Kansas
2. 13,782, 12-7-99 vs. Indiana
3. 13,706, 2-11-89 vs. Kansas
4. 13,645, 1-14-89 vs. Iowa State
5. 13,610, 2-27-88 vs. Kansas
6. 13,558, 2-21-88 vs. Oklahoma State
7. 13,544, 1-23-88 vs. Iowa State
8. 13,471, 3-3-88 vs. Oklahoma
9. 13,470, 2-4-89 vs. Kansas State
10. 13,469, 2-9-00 vs. Iowa State
MU hearnes center winning streaks
34 Began 3/3/88 -- W, 93-90 (ot) over Okla.
Ended 12/8/90 -- L, 95-82 to Arkansas
29 Began 2/2/80 -- W, 73-60 over Nebraska
Ended 2/6/82 -- L, 67-51 to Nebraska
23 Began 3/2/74 -- W, 87-81 over Okla. St.
Ended 2/4/76 -- L, 85-81 to Kansas St.
20 Began 1/10/87 -- W, 87-83 over Oklahoma
Ended 2/27/88 -- L, 82-77 to Kansas
17 Began 3/6/93 -- W, 70-53 over Colorado
Ended 12/3/94 -- L, 94-71 to Arkansas
14 Began 3/4/95 -- W, 83-81 (ot) over Okla.
Ended 2/24/96 -- L, 78-74 to Iowa State
13 Began 12/10/97 -- W, 85-67 over Oral Roberts
Ended 3/11/98 -- L, 93-86 to UAB
13 Began 2/21/76 -- W, 95-84 (ot) over Neb.
Ended 2/19/77 -- L, 88-77 to Kansas State
13 Began 2/14/79 -- W, 81-69 over Colorado
Ended 1/30/80 -- L, 66-64 to Kansas State
Mizzou at hearnes center
|1973-74||8||5||.615||SMU, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas St.|
|1977-78||9||4||.629||Kansas, Marquette, Oklahoma, Iowa State|
|1978-79||10||4||.714||Illinois, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Kansas|
|1981-82||12||2||.857||Nebraska, Kansas State|
|1983-84||10||5||.667||Washington, Kansas St., Nebraska, Kansas,|
|1984-85||12||4||.750||Iowa State, Oklahoma, Kansas State, St. Joseph's|
|1985-86||14||3||.824||Kansas, Nebraska, Virginia|
|1992-93||11||5||.688||Arkansas, Memphis State, Kansas, Nebraska,|
|1994-95||11||3||.786||Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska|
|1995-96||14||2||.875||Iowa State, Oklahoma State|
|1996-97||11||5||.688||Arkansas, Iowa State, Colorado, Wake Forest,|
|1997-98||14||2||.875||Coppin State, Alabama-Birmingham (NIT)|
|1998-99||13||3||.813||SW Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma|
|1999-2000||10||5||.667||Indiana, Winthrop, Iowa State,|
Texas, Oklahoma State
|TOTALS||354||63||.849||MU vs. NON-LEAGUE TEAMS: 191-20 (.905)|
|(27 seasons)||MU vs. BIG 12 TEAMS: 163-41|
HEARNES CENTER RECORDS
INDIVIDUAL, GAME (MU players)
Most Points: 44, Doug Smith, 2-10-90 vs. Nebraska
Most FGs: 19, Doug Smith, 2-10-90 vs. Nebraska (of 26).
Most 3-Pt. FGs: 8, John Woods, 3-11-98 vs. Alabama-Birmingham (NIT).
Most Rebounds: 21, John Brown, 1-20-73 vs. Kansas.
Most Assists: 12, John McIntyre, 12-30-87 vs. Alabama State.
INDIVIDUAL, GAME (Opponents)
Most Points: 37, Danny Manning, Kansas, 2-29-88.
Most FGs: 15, Jerry Fort, Nebraska, 2-16-74 (of 24); Danny Manning, Kansas,
Most 3-Pt. FGs: 7, Carlos Sample, Southern, 12-21-88; Lindsey Hunter, Alcorn
State, 12-21-91, Corey Carr, Texas Tech, 2-25-97.
Most FTs: 15, Chauncey Billups, Colorado (of 20).
Most Rebounds: 20, Tim Duncan, Wake Forest, 2-9-97.
Most Assists: 12, Bimbo Coles, Virginia Tech, 12-16-87; Eric Brown,
TEAM, GAME (by Missouri)
Most Points: 129, 12-30-87 vs. Alabama St.
Most FGs: 54, 12-30-87 vs. Alabama St.
Most 3-Pt. FGs: 15, 2-9-97 vs. Wake Forest; 11-27-99 vs. Morgan State.
Most FTs: 42, 12-8-76 vs. UTEP.
Most Rebounds: 68, 1-12-76 vs. MacMurray.
Most Personal Fouls: 32, 1-25-75 vs. Iowa State.
TEAM, GAME (Opponents)
Most Points: 98, Oklahoma, 2-2-74; Nebraska, 2-7-96.
Most FGs: 42, Oklahoma, 2-2-74.
Most 3-Pt. FGs: 14, Maryland, 1-6-88.
Most FTs: 34, Mississippi St., 12-7-74.
Most Rebounds: 54, Kansas, 1-17-76; Colorado, 3-3-76.
Most Personal Fouls: 44, UTEP, 12-8-73.