Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion is a 7,392-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. Opened 50 years ago in early 1969, Maples underwent a $30 million renovation in March 2004 and reopened ahead of schedule, in time for conference play that December.[2][3][4] It was named after its principal donor, Roscoe Maples.[5] Maples was an Oregon lumber magnate Upon his death in 1963, Maples bequeathed most of his $2 million estate to the university. A member of the class of 1904, he left school before graduating to support his parents, and later went on to success in the lumber business.[5] Prior to 1969, Stanford played at the Old Pavilion, opened in 1922.

Maples Pavilion
Hosting the USF Dons in November 2005
Maples Pavilion
Location in California
Maples Pavilion
Location in the United States
Full nameRoscoe Maples Pavilion
Location655 Campus Drive
Stanford, California
Coordinates37.4296°N 122.1605°W / 37.4296; -122.1605
OwnerStanford University
OperatorStanford University
CapacityBasketball: 7,233
Broke ground1967
OpenedJanuary 3, 1969
50 years ago
RenovatedMarch 2004
Construction cost$3.24 Million
($22.1 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectJohn Carl Warnecke
Stanford Cardinal (1969–present)

Maples is home to multiple Stanford Cardinal athletics teams, including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's gymnastics and women's volleyball. The raucous student section that roots for the men's basketball team is called the "6th Man" and it is located in several rows along courtside.[6]

Prior to the renovation, the original floor at Maples had a very springy feel to it.[3] Designed by Stanford graduate John Carl Warnecke (1919–2010), it was installed when the Pavilion opened in 1969. Nine inches (23 cm) of crosshatched wood and air was supposed to create a coil-spring effect preventing injuries, but often had the opposite effect.[4][7] It caused a "Missed Stair Effect," a phenomenon that occurs when the body senses where the floor should be upon landing after a jump. With the springy feeling of the floor, often the level would be different from when the player jumped, causing a strange sensation throughout the body.

On October 14, 2010, the Dalai Lama advocated a secular approach to compassion to a standing room only crowd.

See also


  1. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. "Maples Pavilion remodel on schedule". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. August 20, 2004. p. C7.
  3. "Stanford missing familiar Maples' floor". Lodi News-Sentinel. California. Associated Press. December 27, 2004. p. 16.
  4. Moseley, Rob (January 25, 2005). "Brand new floor plan". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. E1.
  5. Thacher, Steve (February 13, 1969). "New pavilion to be dedicated". Stanford Daily. California. p. 3.
  6. Bosley, Don (January 29, 1998). "Stanford sixth-man keeps it fun around Maples Pavilion". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho, Washington. (Sacramento Bee). p. 1D.
  7. Mague, Anthony (February 11, 2004). "Stanford's injury-causing, springy floor to be removed". Daily Orange. Syracuse, New York. Retrieved August 3, 2015.

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