Coleman Auxiliary Volleyball Extension ("CAVE")
It was opened in 1996 as part of an expansion project for Alabama's Coleman Coliseum. In the beginning it served as a practice facility for volleyball and men's and women's basketball. BUT....
In 2000 all that changed when the former practice gym became the official home for Bama Volleyball and was dubbed "The CAVE" (Coleman Auxiliary Volleyball Extension) because of its close quarters and loud, energized atmosphere.
Sets of bleachers were brought in and the Crimson Tide played in front of standing room only crowds for almost every match. Fans surround the court providing Alabama with a distinct home court advantage. More seating is planned for this season giving the CAVE a capacity of 1,000.
The Tide's lockerroom is conveniently located in Coleman Coliseum just a few steps from the CAVE. The lockerroom underwent a minor upgrade this summer with the addition of a wall size entertainment center and new carpets. The coliseum also houses the training room and weight room for the volleyball program.
On January 30, 1993 Coleman Coliseum celebrated its silver anniversary as a University of Alabama facility. Officially renamed from Memorial Coliseum in 1988, it currently covers two acres and centers the entire UA Athletics Complex.
Coleman Coliseum's main arena has a seating capacity of 15,316 for basketball and 15,075 for Gymnastics.
The building opened on Jan. 30, 1968, with a performance of the Broadway touring production "The Roar of the Greasepaint; the Smell of the Crowd." That presentation was followed two days later by the Alabama-Samford University men's basketball game. Since that time, the coliseum has hosted a diversity of events including commencement exercises, a visit by President Ronald Reagan, alumni gatherings, an annual bass tournament weigh-in spot, student convocations, concerts, operas, ballets and orations by political figures. Travis Tritt filmed his "Bible Belt" country music video there. Superstars who have performed on its stages include Elvis Presley, Tom Petty, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Reba McIntyre, Jay Leno and Hank Williams, Jr.
All seats in the main arena are of the theatre variety with 5,400 of the choice seats padded with spring cushions. It's user friendly with ramps for wheelchair access as well as prime seats on the floor for handicapped fans.
The building, equivalent to a seven-story structure at its apex, is completely air-conditioned. No state funds were included in its building cost of $4.2 million. Athletic Department funds paid half the cost and a special building fee provided the balance.
The Coliseum houses the athletic department offices for all varsity sports with the exception of football, which is housed in a complex adjacent to the Coliseum, men's tennis, located in the Indoor Tennis Center, and swimming which is in the Aquatic Center. It features an elegant suite that serves as the President's reception area, an auxiliary gymnastics practice floor, an equipment room, weight rooms, a steam bath, a training room, food service areas, a photo studio, locker room facilities for staff and the athletes and the C.A.V.E.
Media covering the Crimson Tide have a choice of two areas for filing their stories, either in the Media Room or the Media Relations Office, both located just off the floor.