Opened in 1977, the Klotsche Center has been given a number of new looks over its nearly 40 years of existence. A refinished playing floor complements new video boards and LED boards that were installed for the 2013 season.
A much bigger project wrapped up in the spring of 2006. Along with the work that created the brand new Pavilion adjacent to the Klotsche Center, the existing arena now has air conditioning, a new sound system and concessions areas. In addition, fans attending matches at the Klotsche Center can park in the 600-car Pavilion parking garage and enter the building without ever going outside.
Those latest projects are just the most recent major pieces of work done to upgrade the home of Panther Athletics. The arena area was also renovated prior to the 1998-99 school year, with that $2 million project including the addition of comfort and chairback seating.
In 1996, new wood flooring and a new indoor track were added to the Klotsche Center.
With accommodations for up to 3,500 spectators for a sporting event, the Klotsche Center can hold approximately 2,500 fans for volleyball matches. The largest crowd ever to see a sporting event at the Klotsche Center was 5,015 when the Milwaukee men's basketball team faced Butler in 2002, while the record for a volleyball crowd at the Klotsche Center is 1,121 set when the Panthers battled Wisconsin in the final match of the Panther Invitational in 2006. The Panthers have also drawn more than 3,000 fans for women's basketball battles versus Green Bay.
The Milwaukee volleyball program has experienced nothing but success at the Klotsche Center for the better part of the last two decades. Since 1996, the Panthers are 189-40 at the Klotsche Center and since 2003 have lost just nine regular-season league matches. Milwaukee also posted a school-record 33-match home winning streak from 1996-99 and has recorded three unbeaten campaigns at the Klotsche Center over the last 18 seasons.
The Klotsche Center is used as a practice facility for most of UWM's varsity sports while serving as the homecourt for volleyball and women's basketball.
The Klotsche Center has been the site for a number of league championship events, including the 2006 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship. The Panthers knocked off UIC in the title game to earn the second NCAA Tournament berth in program history. The on-campus facility has been the site of a number of high school events and has hosted several celebrities and dignitaries. In August 2002, the Klotsche Center played host to a game involving the Yugoslavian National Basketball team, which won the World Basketball Championships that summer, and NBA star Vlade Divac. President George W. Bush also made an appearance at Klotsche Center in August 2002.