Facilities / Directions | Larry O. Finch Center
In addition to playing in college basketball's top arena, FedExForum, the Tigers has a world-class practice facility in the Larry O. Finch Recreational Facility, which is located on the University of Memphis campus.
The 31,000-square-foot center cost $3.2 million, and features a regulation court which runs east to west. With the removal of portable goals, the building can be divided into two north-south courts for intramural play. Besides the playing courts, the building features every amenity the Tigers could desire.
In the summer of 2000, the center's weight room was equipped with $50,000 of state-of-the-art weight and cardiovascular equipment through a generous donation from Memphis businessmen Richard Mercer, Harry Phillips and George Sneed, and every year since, the weight room has been updated with new equipment. With the renovations done in the summer of 2004, the weight room was moved courtside where players can work out just off the facility's primary practice court.
The players' lounge now occupies what was once the weight room, giving the Tiger players and coaches a spacious area to hold team functions. The lounge area features a big screen television and a pool table, along with several couches and recliners on which players and coaches can "lounge." Built into the main entrance to the lounge area are open lockers featuring uniforms and mementoes from former Tigers in the NBA.
The locker room has individual wood lockers along three walls. Adjacent to the locker room is a video room where players and coaches can watch game tape in preparation for upcoming contests.
The center's fully-equipped training room includes heat packs, electrical stimulation units, ultrasound, whirlpools, three treatment and two taping tables as well as a separate doctor's examination room.
Also, the classroom which overlooks the court has been transformed into a dining area for post-practice meals for the team.
A brick archway entrance was added to the front of the facility in the summer of 2008. It is the first step in establishing the Memphis Basketball Walk of Fame. The on-going project is turning the Finch Center's entrance area into a Memphis basketball museum, which will chronicle the Tigers' glorious basketball history.
In the summer of 2010, plans began to add more office/locker room space to the facility. The preliminary plans are to extend the center's upper level above the weight room area and enclose the weight room with glass walls.
The Larry O' Finch Center was dedicated Feb. 24, 2000. In Finch's three years as a player at Memphis, the Tigers recorded a 63-21 record and either won or tied for two Missouri Valley Conference championships. He scored 1,869 career points and averaged 26.8 points in the 1973 NCAA Tournament when the Tigers advanced to the national championship game.
Finch was named All-America honorable mention by both the Associated Press and UPI and was the 1972 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year.
As a coach, Finch is the second winningest coach in Tiger history, posting a 220-130 record in 11 seasons. Under his leadership, Memphis advanced to the NCAA Tournament six times, including the Elite Eight in 1992 and the Sweet 16 in 1995.
On Aug 19, 2015, that University of Memphis President M. David Rudd and Athletics Director Tom Bowen announced the University has secured donations and pledges which represent 60 percent of its goal for facility additions and improvements during a press conference to kick off the public engagement phase of the Time to Shine Capital Campaign.
The men's basketball segment of the project will feature a comprehensive training facility for the nationally-branded program. The stand-alone facility will encompass offices, locker rooms, a weight room, training facilities and basketball practice facility, as well as spaces for student-athletes to train, eat and develop. In addition, the history of Memphis basketball will be showcased via a large atrium in the grand lobby, known as Traditions Hall.
Construction is under way, completion is expected to come before the 2017-18 academic year. Former Tigers point guard Bill Laurie and his wife Nancy donated a U of M athletic department-record $10 million for the project, which is part of a $40 million plan to update the men’s basketball and football practice facilities.