Newman Flanagan Center

Briar Cliff University volleyball players work out at the Newman Flanagan Center on the campus of Briar Cliff University, in Sioux City, in April 2012. The 39,000-square-foot, $2 million facility named after the late Monsignor Newman Flanagan opened in September 1982. It can hold up to 2,500 people.

Journal photo by Tim Gallagher

SIOUX CITY | Built into the cliff upon which Briar Cliff University sits, the Newman Flanagan Center is 80 percent underground.

The 39,000-square-foot, $2 million facility named after the late Monsignor Newman Flanagan opened in September 1982. It can hold up to 2,500 people.

Flanagan served as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish for more than 40 years and was vicar general of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City.

The Newman Flanagan Center features the Ray Nacke Court, two full-sized college basketball courts that can be converted into two regulation volleyball courts.

The facility also contains a jogging track, locker rooms, a racquetball court, physical education classrooms, athletic department offices and a concession area. An athletic training facility was added in 2000.

The court is named after legendary men's basketball coach Ray Nacke, who was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in March 2008.

Nacke compiled 507 victories in 26 seasons as Briar Cliff head coach, from 1971 through 1997. His teams won nine NAIA District 15 championships and two Midwest Independent championships.

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