Waste Management Court at Western Hall

The Fighting Leathernecks play all home games on Waste Management Court at Western Hall. It features stadium-style seating and wooden bleachers surrounding the parquet floor, with capacity at 5,139.

The playing surface has undergone several changes. Originally a wooden floor, the regulation-size court was replaced with a tartan floor in1973 and, prior to the 1993-94 basketball season, upgraded with a parquet floor similar to that in the old Boston Gardens. The court was repainted during the summer of 2011 and the endlines took on the same look with the Leathernecks logo as in the endzones of Hanson Field. The court is surrounded by a Chem-turf jogging track.

During the summer of 2010, new lighting was installed. The University Physical Plant staff secured a grant through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to upgrade the fixtures throughout the facility. All 20 Leatherneck sport programs utilize Western Hall in some capacity - whether for practice, workouts or home events including men and women’s basketball games. The lighting upgrade will also enhance the televisedbroadcasts on WIU TV3

In the summer of 2008 the court received a face lift with a new floor design featuring the Western Illinois logo and mascot Rocky.

Besides serving as the home for varsity athletics, Western Hall houses numerous physical education activities and all major Bureau of Cultural Affairs events, including concerts, musicals and multi-cultural entertainment events for all ages.

Completed in 1964, the building underwent massive construction in 1997 with the addition of the $8 million Student Recreation Center. The SRC hosts all intramural and club sports, and houses a swimming pool, racquetball courts, suspended jogging track and up-to-date exercise equipment.

Both the men’s and women’s program will benefit from a new practice court to be installed in December 2011 at Brophy Hall. Both teams will be able to use the new wooden floor to better utilize practice times.