Joplin, MO 64801-1595
Completed in the fall of 1999, the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is home for the Missouri Southern men's and women's basketball teams. St. John's Track, which encircles the basketball floor, is the indoor home for the MSSU track & field teams.
The 2010-11 season marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Lions' $7.5 million home.
The complex was dedicated on Oct. 15, 1999 and hosted its first indoor track & field meet on Jan. 21-22, 2000. The 80,000 square-foot facilty not only houses the six-lane, 200-meter St. John's Track, but also a wooden parquet floor for basketball, two synthetic basketball courts on either end of the main court and has the capability of hosting volleyball competition.
The arena seats more than 3,200 fans for basketball and has individual chairback seating on both sides of the court. Permanent bleacher seating is also location on one end and a moveable set of bleachers is used on the opposite end.
The St. John's Track was funded by and named for St. John's Regional Medical Center. The track gives Southern's track & field teams an indoor training facility and the ability to host several meets each year, including the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championships every other year.
Another feature of the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is the Freeman Fitness Center, which includes a state-of-the-art weight room and athletic training facility. The fitness center was made possible by contributions from Freeman Health Systems.
The Athletic Center also houses offices for coaches and administrators, lockerrooms, and classrooms.
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