Tom Gola Arena

Tom Gola Arena, The Tom, The Gola, is a 3,400-seat multi-purpose arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania situated inside the Trumark Financial Center. It is home to the La Salle University Explorers basketball and volleyball teams. It is named after Tom Gola, a Philadelphia basketball player and coach who is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tom Gola Arena
The Tom
Former namesHayman Hall
Location1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Coordinates40°02′24″N 75°09′24″W / 40.039993°N 75.15654°W / 40.039993; -75.15654Coordinates: 40°02′24″N 75°09′24″W / 40.039993°N 75.15654°W / 40.039993; -75.15654
Public transitBus transport SEPTA.svg SEPTA bus: 18, 26
OwnerLa Salle University
OperatorLa Salle University
Broke groundMay 17, 1997
OpenedFebruary 21, 1998
Construction cost$6.3 million
($9.88 million in 2019 dollars[1])
ArchitectEwingCole (Hayman Hall Addition)
La Salle Explorers
(men's & women's basketball, women's volleyball)

The building was opened in February 1998. La Salle's Explorers had not played basketball on campus since leaving Wister Hall in 1955, the season after the 1954 NCAA Championship. The Explorers played at the Palestra from 1955 to 1989, the Philadelphia Civic Center from 1989 to 1996, and the First Union Spectrum from 1996 until the arena opened in 1998.

In Philadelphia's 2016 Summer Olympics bid, the arena was planned to host fencing.[2]

Tom Gola Arena is located inside the Hayman Center.

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  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
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