Joan Cronan Volleyball Center
Named for Tennessee's longtime women's athletic director, the Joan Cronan Volleyball Center was dedicated on Oct. 24, 2014.
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- About Joan Cronan Volleyball Center
- About Thompson-Boling Arena
- Volleyball in Thompson-Boling Arena
- Previous Volleyball Facilities
- Directions to TBA
Joan Cronan Volleyball Center
2321 Stephenson Drive
Knoxville, TN, 37916
Named for Tennessee's longtime women's athletic director, the Joan Cronan Volleyball Center was dedicated on Oct. 24, 2014. It is the first permanent home for Tennessee volleyball, which had previously shared practice space with the basketball and track and field programs.
The volleyball center houses three practice courts, locker and training room spaces, coaches' offices, meeting rooms and a theater-style film room.
"When I started here 18 years ago, I came with a dream to build a program that would let all of my volleyball coaching colleagues know that Tennessee volleyball mattered, not only in the SEC, but nationally," Tennessee volleyball coach Rob Patrick said at the center's dedication ceremony. "With that dream, a lot of hard work and perseverance and the ability to get just a little better every day, we were able to win SEC championships and compete for national championships."
Tennessee's volleyball team moved from Stokely Athletics Center to Thompson-Boling Arena for the 2008 season.
Named for B. Ray Thompson and retired University president Edward J. Boling, Thompson-Boling Arena is one of the largest on-campus arenas in the country and is located on the banks of the Tennessee River.
In 2008, the arena underwent an $18 million renovation, which included the addition of 32 luxury suites and a 166-seat loge area that provides a side-court view on the arena's north side. Also included in the renovations was the addition of a $3 million, center-hung scoreboard, all new black chairback seats and renovations to the continuous-ring concourse. Six concessions areas are located throughout the concourse, and 32 portals lead to the seating areas. From the playing level, tunnels provide access to team dressing rooms, media areas and storage rooms.
Thompson-Boling Arena, or "TBA" as it's known by fans, opened during the 1987-88 basketball season. The volleyball team began playing in the arena in 2008 and has its own locker rooms in the facility.
Following 10 seasons of play in Stokely Athletics Center, the UT squad began play in Thompson-Boling for the 2008 season. In its first season, the team posted a 11-3 record at home. Tennessee defeated Chattanooga 3-0 in its first match in Thompson-Boling Arena on Aug. 29, 2008.
Tennessee has enjoyed plenty of success nationally since moving into Thompson-Boling Arena, reaching the NCAA Tournament in five of its first seven years in the building. TBA was host to history when Tennessee won its first outright SEC title in program history, beating 16th-ranked Kentucky 3-1 at home to win the conference crown in 2011.
Tennessee annually hosts a non-conference weekend tournament early in the season. It is currently called the Dish Tennessee Volleyball Classic.
Prior to playing matches at Thompson-Boling Arena, Tennessee competed at Stokely Athletics Center (1989; 1998-2007) and Alumni Gymnasium (1982-88; 1990-97). Stokely's largest volleyball crowd was 1,337 for a match against Florida on Oct. 22, 2004. Tennessee hosted the SEC Tournament four times before the event was discontinued after the 2005 season: 1981, 1984, 1999 and 2001. UT won the tournament at home in 1981 and 1984.
From McGhee Tyson Airport: Turn north on U.S. Highway 129 leaving airport. After crossing the Tennessee River bridge just outside of Knoxville, exit onto Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153). Turn left (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow road until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn left onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to parking garage.
From I-40 east (from Nashville) and I-75 north (from Chattanooga): Follow I-40 and I-75 to I-40/I-75 junction in west Knoxville. Continue on I-40 east to U.S. Highway 129 south. Follow 129 south to the exit for Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153). Turn left (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow the road until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn left onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to parking garage.
From I-40 west (from Asheville, N.C.): Follow I-40 west to the James White Parkway exit and exit to the left. Follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn right onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to parking garage.
From I-75 south (from Lexington, Ky.): Follow I-75 south to I-275 south just past Merchants Road. Follow I-275 to I-40 east. Exit I-40 east onto James White Parkway and follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn right onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn right at stoplight. Follow Phillip Fulmer Way to parking garage.