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The WAR MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM in San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
is an athletic venue on the University of San Francisco campus. It currently serves as home for the USF men's and women's basketball teams as well as the women's volleyball team. It also houses athletic department offices and training facilities for the university's other athletic teams. It is currently the oldest basketball venue in the West Coast Conference . It is popularly known as "The Hilltop" because of USF's position on the summit of Lone Mountain .

Prior to 1958, the USF basketball team had no permanent home. During the 1955 and 1956 NCAA championship seasons, Phil Woolpert 's teams had to practice and play home games at either nearby Kezar Pavilion in Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park
or the gym at neighboring St. Ignatius High School . The aftermath of USF's back-to-back national championships spurred a fund-raising effort that ultimately made building an on-campus venue possible and in 1958, War Memorial Gym opened its doors.

Originally serving all of USF's athletic needs, War Memorial Gym also briefly hosted the San Francisco Warriors from 1964 to 1966. Upon the arrival of women's sports on campus, War Memorial Gym also became the home of the women's basketball and volleyball teams. Though the gym missed the Russell and Jones era by three years, it was the home of the great Dons teams of the late 1970s led by Bill Cartwright , Phil Smith and Quintin Dailey (though some high-profile matches were held at the Cow Palace or the Oakland Arena ). In 1989, with the construction of the Koret Health and Recreation Center, War Memorial became exclusively an athletic venue, though training facilities continue to be housed in the Moran Center beneath the gym.

Dedicated to the USF dead of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War , War Memorial Gym currently seats 5,300 spectators. Above the court can be seen banners commemorating USF's national and conference championships in basketball, including titles won by the women's basketball team in their old conference, the Northern California Athletic Conference. Players' retired numbers can also be found, including banners for Pete Newell and Phil Woolpert . The gym's foyer houses a mini-hall of fame, displaying trophies and memorabilia from USF's athletic history.

In 2008 and 2009, USF made upgrades to the gym. The old floor, which was the original installation, was replaced, along with the bleacher seating in the upper level. The old baskets were replaced with stand-alone versions, and new banners were installed.

War Memorial Gym was also the site of CBS
CBS
's first national college basketball broadcast, a 1982 match-up between USF and the University of Georgia . It hosted the 1987, 1989, and 1993 West Coast Conference men's basketball tournaments.

SEE ALSO

* List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas

REFERENCES

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Golden State Warriors

* Founded in 1946 * Played in PHILADELPHIA (1946–1962) and SAN FRANCISCO (1962–1971) * Based in OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

FRANCHISE

* Franchise * Team history * All-time roster * Draft history * Seasons * Head coaches * CURRENT SEASON

ARENAS

* Philadelphia Arena
Philadelphia Arena
* Philadelphia Convention Hall * Cow Palace * San Francisco Civic Auditorium * War Memorial Gymnasium
War Memorial Gymnasium
(University of San Francisco) * San Jose Arena * ORACLE ARENA * Chase Center

GENERAL MANAGERS

* Tyrell * Gottlieb * Feerick * Vertlieb * Stirling * Attles * Nelson * Twardzik * St. Jean * Mullin * Riley * MYERS

G LEAGUE AFFILIATE

* Santa Cruz Warriors

RETIRED NUMBERS

* 13 * 14 * 16 * 17 * 24 * 42

HALL OF FAMERS

* Paul Arizin
Paul Arizin
* Rick Barry * Wilt Chamberlain * Joe Fulks
Joe Fulks
* Tom Gola * Neil Johnston * Jerry Lucas * Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
* Chris Mullin * Mitch Richmond
Mitch Richmond
* Don Nelson * Robert Parish * Andy Phillip
Andy Phillip
* Guy Rodgers * Ralph Sampson * Nate Thurmond
Nate Thurmond
* Jamaal Wilkes

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS (5)

* 1947 * 1956 * 1975 * 2015 * 2017

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (9)

* 1947 * 1948 * 1956 * 1964 * 1967 * 1975 * 2015 * 2016 * 2017

CULTURE/LORE

* Wilt the Stilt

* 100 point game

* Nate the Great * Nellie Ball * Run TMC
Run TMC
* The Sleepy Floyd game * Splash Brothers * Death lineup * Warrior Girls * 73–9 * The Block

RIVALRIES

* Cleveland Cavaliers

MEDIA TV NBC Sports Bay Area
NBC Sports Bay Area
Radio KGMZ Announcers Bob Fitzgerald
Bob Fitzgerald
Jim Barnett Tim Roye

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University of San Francisco

LOCATED IN: San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California

ACADEMICS

* School of Law * School of Nursing * St. Ignatius Institute * Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning * Swig Judaic studies program * International Business Plan Competition

CAMPUS

* Saint Ignatius Church * Residence Halls * Lone Mountain College

ATHLETICS

* Men\'s basketball * Women\'s basketball * Men\'s soccer * West Coast Conference * War Memorial Gymnasium * Negoesco Stadium * Dante Benedetti Diamond at Max Ulrich Field

STUDENT LIFE

* San Francisco Foghorn * KUSF

PEOPLE

* Alumni * Faculty * Presidents * Anthony Maraschi

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San Francisco Dons
San Francisco Dons
men\'s basketball

VENUES

* Kezar Pavilion (1924–1958) * St. Ignatius Gym (1924–1958) * War Memorial Gymnasium
War Memorial Gymnasium
(1958–present)

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* History * The Don

PEOPLE

* Head coaches * All-Americans

SEASONS

* 1923–24 * 1924–25 * 1925–26 * 1926–27 * 1927–28 * 1928–29 * 1929–30 * 1930–31 * 1931–32 * 1932–33 * 1933–34 * 1934–35 * 1935–36 * 1936–37 * 1937–38 * 1938–39 * 1939–40 * 1940–41 * 1941–42 * 1942–43 * 1943–44 * 1944–45 * 1945–46 * 1946–47 * 1947–48 * 1948–49 * 1949–50 * 1950–51 * 1951–52 * 1952–53 * 1953–54 * 1954–55 * 1955–56 * 1956–57 * 1957–58 * 1958–59 * 1959–60 * 1960–61 * 1961–62 * 1962–63 * 1963–64 * 1964–65 * 1965–66 * 1966–67 * 1967–68 * 1968–69 * 1969–70 * 1970–71 * 1971–72 * 1972–73 * 1973–74 * 1974–75 * 1975–76 * 1976–77 * 1977–78 * 1978–79 * 1979–80 * 1980–81 * 1981–82 * 1982–85 * 1985–86 * 1986–87 * 1987–88 * 1988–89 * 1989–90 * 1990–91 * 1991–92 * 1992–93 * 1993–94 * 1994–95 * 1995–96 * 1996–97 * 1997–98 * 1998–99 * 1999–00 * 2000–01 * 2001–02 * 2002–03 * 2003–04 * 2004–05 * 2005–06 * 2006–07 * 2007–08 * 2008–09 * 2009–10 * 2010–11 * 2011–12 * 2012–13 * 2013–14 * 2014–15 * 2015–16 * 2016–17

NCAA national championships in bold; NCAA Final Four appearance in italics

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Basketball arenas of the West Coast Conference

* MARRIOTT CENTER (BYU ) * MCCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER (Gonzaga ) * GERSTEN PAVILION (Loyola Marymount ) * ALEX G. SPANOS CENTER (Pacific ) * FIRESTONE FIELDHOUSE (Pepperdine ) * CHILES CENTER (Portland ) * MCKEON PAVILION (Saint Mary\'s ) * JENNY CRAIG PAVILION (San Diego ) * WAR MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (San Francisco ) * LEAVEY CENTER (Santa Clara )

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