Lawlor Events Center, opened in 1983, is the largest arena in northern Nevada. Events held here include Wolf Pack men's and women's basketball; Winter Commencement; concerts by top rock, pop, country, rap, and gospel recording artists; community dances and social gatherings; other sporting events; presentations by public figures; and conventions. Capacity is 11,200. Named after Nevada's legendary coach and athletic director, Glenn "Jake" Lawlor, the Events Center was made possible by a grant approved by the Nevada State Legislature in 1979, with the grand opening held on Nov. 4, 1983. Originally built at a cost of $26 million, Lawlor Events Center has undergone periodic modifications and improvements.