The Curry Hicks Cage was a home arena for the UMass Minutemen and Minutewomen basketball teams. The building still stands but is no longer in use by the teams.
It is located in the center core of campus at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. After a renovation that was completed in 1985, the arena had a seating capacity of 4,058.
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 used The Cage as a practice facility, prior to the opening of the John Francis Kennedy Champions Center in 2015.
With the 20-plus win seasons in the early 2010s, crowds at the Mullins Center were routinely exceeding Cage capacity. In the late 2010s and early 2020s, as the team struggled for wins again, crowds dipped back within Cage numbers, and some fans revived the talk of having another throwback game at The Cage.
Such a possibility seems unlikely, as more money has since been spent on upgrades to technology and amenities in the Mullins Center, and deterioration to The Cage would require additional funding to get it back into game-ready condition.
2022: There is also a proposal to turn The Cage into a permanent practice facility for the track teams.