Don Haskins Center Information
The Don Haskins Center was formerly known as the Special Events Center. It is the home of UTEP Miners men’s and women’s basketball, located in the heart of El Paso, Texas. In addition to hosting sporting events, the Don Haskins Center is also used by many area schools, such as El Paso Community College, for graduation and commencement ceremonies.
Don Haskins Center was built as the Special Events Center in 1977, replacing Memorial Gym. The center was later renamed after UTEP’s Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins (1930–2008) in 1998. Haskins is best known for starting five African-American players in the 1966 NCAA Championship game against Kentucky. He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 and retired from the university in 1999. The arena was the site of a milestone victory during the 1997–1998 season, as coach Haskins marked his 700th career win against SMU. The arena also hosted 1984, 1985, and 1990 Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournaments and the 2011 and 2014 Conference USA tournaments. It was also the host for NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first- and second-round games in 1981. In September 2008, Coach Don Haskins lay in state there for several days for students to honor him after dying of natural causes.
In 2002, the Haskins Center installed a Robbins Bio-Channel Star maple floor, two modern locker rooms, training facilities, and basketball coaches’ offices. In recent years, game day environment for basketball was enhanced with the addition of four new scoreboards and two video replay boards to the arena. Thus, the arena now has a total of seven electronic scoreboards.
The Don Haskins Center was originally been built as an alternative to the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico and today it is the dominant concert venue in the area. Where else, the Pan American Center has been used as the alternative venue since that arena was renovated in 2006. The concert capacity for both is nearly the same, as both hold up to 13,000 attendees per event. Don Haskins Center is also the regional stop for World Wrestling Entertainment when it visits the El Paso area.
The Miner men’s basketball team has posted a 476–140 record in 34 years at the arena while UTEP won 25 straight home games from January 23, 1987, to December 16, 1989. Additionally, the Miners have posted undefeated home records in three seasons: 1983–1984 (21–0), 1985–1986 (19–0) and 1988–1989 (18–0). They were also victorious in the first 10 conference games they played there after joining Conference USA in 2005. UTEP has defeated many top-10 ranked teams in the Don Haskins Center over the years. These teams include #10 Arizona (1977), #5 Georgetown (1985), #5 Wyoming (1988) and #9 Utah (1993), among others.
Over the years, UTEP games have attracted more than 5.5 million fans in 34 seasons at the arena. The 11,892-seat arena has been sold out for UTEP basketball games 112 times.
Where else, Shakira currently holds the record of having the most shows in the arena as a female artist with six shows in total.
- She performed in the arena for the very first time with Tour of the Mongoose on November 15 and 16, 2002.
- On February 25, 2003, she returned to the arena for another sold-out show. This made her being the female artist with most shows in the venue with one single tour.
- She kicked off her North American leg of Oral Fixation Tour in the venue on August 9, 2006.
- She brought The Sun Comes Out World Tour to El Paso on October 13, 2010. Later on, she added a second show on October 12, 2010, after the first show was completely sold out.
Furthermore, the Cure played a memorable gig on May 17, 2016, for about three hours with 5 encores and 5 songs they hadn’t played for at least nine years including “The Perfect Girl” which hadn’t been played since 1990.
For more information on the Don Haskins Center, please see the specific pages below.
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For information on ticket guarantee and other ticket related questions, view the Don Haskins Center tickets page.
For information on accessible seating and to view the Don Haskins Center seating chart page.