It’s all of those elements that make Barnhill Arena, the home of the Razorbacks, one of the toughest volleyball venues in the country.
Renovated several times, Barnhill Arena officially closed its doors as one of the most feared basketball facilities in the country March 3, 1993. It was re-configured into the largest volleyball-only arena in time for the inaugural season in 1994.
The Barn underwent a second significant face lift prior to the 2002 season to welcome gymnastics.
Barnhill Arena was authorized in 1953 as the University’s new multipurpose arena. Named for athletic director John Barnhill, the Fieldhouse, as it was originally known, underwent a drastic renovation in 1976-78. The renovation created the seating arrangement that turned the facility into a basketball-only configuration.
March 3, 1993, closed Barnhill’s career as a basketball facility with a gala party, complete with a coast-to-coast broadcast of the Arkansas-LSU men’s game on ESPN and closing ceremonies carried live statewide.
As the home of Razorback volleyball, Barnhill underwent renovation of its playing surface to convert the then 19-year-old hardwood floor to a volleyball configuration. It was unveiled to the public during Arkansas’ summer camps, including the first-ever volleyball camp at the Fayetteville campus in 1994. In addition to the on-the-court renovation, the Razorback volleyball program was provided with a state-of-the-art locker room.
|Built:|| 1953, Several Renovations
|Named For:||John Barnhill, former AD|
|Home of:||Volleyball and Gymnastics|
VB Coaches Offices/Athletic Training Room/Rehab Room
The locker room features a lounge area, team room with a large-screen television and video equipment for viewing film and a changing room with lockers and showers.
Barnhill again underwent changes in the summer of 2002. The volleyball-only facility welcomed the addition of gymnastics for the 2003 season and the facility was given a face-lift to remain one of the best in the country. Changes included new paint on the court, expanding the borders to 10 feet, and refinishing and lightening the surrounding wood surfaces.
New lights, including specialized “show lights” with shutters that allow for instant “on-off” capabilities, and new seating were some of the other changes.
The Pulliza era began in 2008 with Arkansas competing under the second head coach in program history. Pulliza and his staff instituted some changes of their own updating the volleyball locker room. For more information about the changes, see page six and seven.
Barnhill Arena also serves as office space for the Razorback volleyball staffs. Several staff offices, team locker rooms and the training and equipment rooms are located here.
|Volleyball Seating Chart||Volleyball Locker Room||Driving Directions to Barnhill|
|Policies and Proceedures||Sutton Strength & Conditioning Center
||Volleyball Game Day
|John Barnhill||Photo Album|