Fieldhouse of dreams: Facility keeps GM busy

02.11.20  |   Phoenix, Arizona

BULLHEAD CITY — There was never a doubt that operating Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse would keep Ed Catalfamo busy.

“We put a lot of time in,” said the venue’s general manager in reference to himself and assistant Joleen Stein. “I don’t sleep much — never needed it.”

Such dedication is good for the 126,500-square-foot multi-purpose facility, which includes 4,000 permanent seats plus an additional 4,500 on the floor when necessary.

…When it comes to hosting basketball games, Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse has no shortage of quality hardwood — specifically those previously used by Syracuse University, Texas Tech, the University of Nevada Reno and the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois.

The Colorado River Union High School District purchased the courts via the International Coliseum Consortium, which contacted the universities. Phoenix-based CORE Construction then arranged to have the hardwood transported to Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse, according to CORE project manager Mark Murphy.

Every basketball court includes multiple segments, so piecing together and setting up each one requires a half-dozen workers rolling up their sleeves for eight hours, Catalfamo said.

Despite its need for elbow grease on occasion, the fieldhouse is a “smart” facility — meaning Catalfamo is able to control parts of it with his cellphone.

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