The Curry Hicks Cage is a secondary home arena for the UMass Minutemen and Minutewomen basketball teams. It is located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. After the renovation that was completed in 1985, the arena has a seating capacity of 4,058.
The building opened in 1931, and designed by alumnus Clinton Goodwin, who graduated from the school in 1916. Goodwin accepted no fees for his designs as an expression of gratitude to the school.1)
In 1941, the facility was named for Curry Hicks, a longtime Director of Athletics and Student Health at the school. Beginning his tenure in 1911, he retired in 1949.2)
The first game in the building was on January 9, 1932, against cross-town rival Amherst, with a win for the home team, 17-12.3)
With the Mullins Center ready for use in early 1993, the last game in The Cage was scheduled for January 29, 1993. In a creative marketing move, UMass scheduled the game against Southwest Louisiana, nicknamed The Rajun Cajuns. The game was dubbed The Final Rage.
The Minutemen went on to close the building in style, with a 84-74 win over the Rajun Cajuns.
Overall, UMass went 359-212 (.629) at The Cage from 1932-1993.
For several years after the Mullins Center opened, sellout crowds (of 9,493) were the norm. In the first decade of the 2000s, as wins became harder to come by, crowds at Mullins started to shrink. Some fans began to suggest having a “retro” game back at The Cage.
UMass officials first obliged the requests in 2007, as one of the two exhibition games in the 2007-08 season was held at The Cage. The Minutemen beat Concordia (NY), 107-80. Since then, official games have also been played at The Cage.
|11/3/2007||Concordia (NY)||W 107-80||Exhibition. Gary Forbes 23, Ricky Harris 19, Max Groebe 17.|
|11/27/2010||Holy Cross||W 83-76||UM hits nine 3s. Gurley 24 points. Riley 17 points in 17 minutes.|
|11/11/2011||Elon||W 85-67||Chaz Williams goes for 18 points and 8 assists in UMass debut. Vinson & Sampson Carter 17 each.|
The Minutemen also regularly use The Cage as a practice facility.