An intimidating arena for opponents of the University of Memphis women's basketball and volleyball teams, the Elma Roane Fieldhouse serves as the home of the Tigers right in the heart of the University of Memphis campus. The arena is often packed with Tiger fans and gets loud and raucous during games with the stands backing right up to the benches courtside. That has provided the Tigers with a great home-court advantage over the years.
The Fieldhouse is named after former women's athletic director Elma Neal Roane. A pioneer for women's athletics at Memphis and in the Mid-South, Roane still attends games in her namesake building, cheering on the Blue and Gray.
And for women's student-athletes, the Fieldhouse is an all-in-one stop with a weight room and athletic training room in the lower level of the fieldhouse.
The weight room, which opened in 2005, features top-of-the-line Power Lift combo racks with Iron Grip weights. The weight room also features four Woodway High Speed Treadmills, which are specifically made for training elite level athletes. Strength and conditioning coach Mike Jenkins and his student assistants train various women's athletic teams in the downstairs weight room.
Right next door to the weight room is the athletic training facility where the Tigers can train, get treated, practice and compete all in one building, right in the heart of the University of Memphis campus.
Upstairs, the locker rooms began a renovation process as soon as the 2009-2010 women's basketball season was complete. The locker rooms will go through a two-phase renovation in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, with the first phase being an entire remodel of the back area. The current three locker areas will be narrowed down to two locker rooms, one for volleyball and one for basketball, and the lounge space will also be renovated to better fit the needs of the Tiger volleyball and basketball programs. At the end of the renovation, the two teams will have brand new locker rooms, a new shower and bathroom area, a new area that can accommodate media post-game needs, and new storage and a more efficient lounge area.
As soon as the first phase of the remodel is done in the Fall of 2010, the second phase will begin downstairs, where the Tigers will renovate both the strength and conditioning and weight room areas, and will add officials locker rooms for the various games and tournaments the Tigers host each season.
The entire renovation will cost close to a million dollars and will offer the basketball and volleyball teams a luxurious home right in the center of campus to practice and play their home games.