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McQuiddy Gymnasium

"50 Years of Memories"

  • First game was on November 28, 1949 against Vanderbilt University with Vanderbilt beating the Bisons 62-39 in front of 3,300 fans. Lipscomb trailed by a score of only 22-19 at halftime. President Athens Clay Pullias dedicated the gym, while Vice President Willard Collins was the master of ceremonies. The whole ceremony was broadcasted live on WKDA radio by the description of play-by-play announcer Larry Munson.
  • Excluding University of Kentucky's gym, Lipscomb's $350,000 facility was praised by sportswriters and others as the best in the region.
  • Named to honor a family long associated with Lipscomb and its founders, McQuiddy Physical Education Building, as it is officially known, was made possible by A.M. Burton. As is generally known, Lipscomb is indebted to this benefactor for weathering the depression years, for total gifts of millions of dollars and for years of service as chairman, vice-chairman, and finally chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors.
  • Offices of physical education faculty members were added in 1962. The music annex on the right and to the rear of McQuiddy came a bit later.
  • Permanent seating accommodated 3,247 spectators for basketball games, while 5,000 could easily be placed for staged programs. As many as 6,000 people have been crowded into the gym on special occasions.
  • In 1980, McQuiddy Gymnasium received a significant facelift when the Bison Booster Club, using funds raised from dues and other fundraising events, purchased new bleachers at a cost of $45,000 from the Wood Coporation. Hussey Seating Company built the bleachers and Precision Company from Maine installed them over the Labor Day weekend. The new bleachers provided evenly spaced aisles and a table for statistical purposes at the center of the court.
  • In September of 1981, over 6,000 fans watched Country Music legend Ronnie Millsap perform in two concerts in McQuiddy Gym.
  • Before moving into McQuiddy, Bison basketball teams played in the old Nashville Army Air Force Center or in Burton Gymnasium. Burton Gym was the site of many home games, although the court length was only 64 feet, 30 feet short of the regulation distance.
  • Served as the home gym for the Vanderbilt Commodores from 1949-1952 while Memorial Gymnasium was being constructed on Vanderbilt's campus.
  • Legendary Coach Adolph Rupp, the third winningest coach in college basketball history, brings his Kentucky Wildcats to McQuiddy on three occasions in the 1950's to play against Vanderbilt University.
  • November 4, 1985, former U.S. President Gerald Ford spoke in McQuiddy Gymnasium.
  • Named for J.C. McQuiddy, a former member of Lipscomb's Board of Trustees.
  • Cost around $350,000 to build.
  • Capacity of 3,247 people
  • Last game was on March 7, 2000 against Birmingham-Southern in the TranSouth Conference Championship game in which the Bisons won 102-95.
  • McQuiddy was the home of the 1986 NAIA National Champions, along with the 1989-1990 team that set the national records for wins in a season with 41 victories.
  • On February 24, 1994, John Pierce, the 1993 NAIA Player of the Year, became college basketball's all-time scorer. The record was held by former Lipscomb All-American Philip Hutcheson, who graduated in 1990 with 4, 106 career points. Pierce broke his former roommate's record in front of a packed house in McQuiddy Gym with 4:54 minutes left in the game against visiting Cumberland University. Entering the game, Pierce needed 30 points to break the record. He got 33 points in the game in helping to dispatch of Cumberland 119-102. After Pierce broke the record, the game was stopped and Pierce pointed to his parents Dan and Jan in the upper balcony of McQuiddy and took the game ball and threw right into his father's hands. Pierce's father then returned the favor and tossed the ball back to his son in front of the screaming crowd. Pierce finished his career with 4,230 career points and is still College Basketball's All-Time Leading Scorer


First Game: Vanderbilt University 62, Lipscomb 39 (11/28/1949)
First Win: Lipscomb University 89, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga 41 (12/5/1949)
50th Win: Lipscomb University 75, Middle Tennessee State University 66 (12/4/1954)
100th Win: Lipscomb University 71, Bethel 54 (1/18/1962)
150th Win: Lipscomb University 96, Southwestern 81 (1/16/1971)
200th Win: Lipscomb University 71, Tennessee Temple University 68 (11/19/1977)
250th Win: Lipscomb University 80, Greenville College 71 (12/1/1980)
300th Win: Lipscomb University 82, Covenant College 65 (11/8/1983)
350th Win: Lipscomb University 87, Milligan College 59 (12/7/1985)
400th Win: Lipscomb University 126, Trevecca 116(2OT) (1/28/1988)
450th Win: Lipscomb University 112, Lambuth 59 (2/10/1990)
500th Win: Lipscomb University 96, King College 68 (11/7/1992)
550th Win: Lipscomb University 93, St. Xavier, IL 82 (11/19/1994)
600th Win: Lipscomb University 118, Freed-Hardeman University 91 (1/25/1997)
650th Win: Lipscomb University 115, Fisk University 75 (11/22/1999)
Last Game: Lipscomb 102, Birmingham-Southern 95 (3/7/2000)

McQuiddy Gymnasium All-Time Record: 666-207