Originally known as simply the Men's Gymnasium, Davies Gym has been the home of Saluki athletics for over seventy years.

    Built in 1925 with a $170,000 price tag, the gymnasium served as the home of Southern's men's and women's indoor sports programs until the men moved into the SIU Arena in 1964.

    Longtime chairman of the SIU physical education department for women, Dorothy Davies, retired in 1974, and since then the facility has been known as Davies Gym.

    With the growing success of the women's program in the 1970s and early '80s, renovation of the gym was undertaken and completed in 1982 thanks to a $3.35 million allocation by then-governor Jim Thompson.

    The "new" gym was able to seat 1,250 fans anxious to watch their Saluki women's volleyball and basketball teams in action. On September 5, 1982, those fans were able to see the Saluki volleyball team win its first match in the renovated gymnasium over state rival Illinois, 15-8, 8-15, 15-13, 15-7.

    The first sellout crowd for a women's basketball game at SIUC took place on March 1, 1986 when an overflow crowd of 1,503 packed Davies to watch the Salukis edge Drake 49-47, securing SIUC's first ever Gateway Conference crown and NCAA Tournament bid.

    With the move of the women's basketball team to the SIU Arena in 1987-88, volleyball is the only varsity sport still played at Davies.

    Over the years, Davies has provided a hostile environment for opposing teams. During the 2000s at home, Saluki volleyball compiled a 60-68 mark (.469). The 1998 squad set a school record for most wins in a season at home with 12 and matched the 1995 team's school record of seven conference victories at Davies the same year.


    Davies Gymnasium Photo

    Top-25 Attendance Marks at Davies Gym

    Rank Att. Opponent Date
    1. 880 Drake October 16, 2009
    2. 732 Creighton September 28, 2012
    3. 713 Illinois State September 14, 2007
    4. 712 Northern Iowa November 9, 2012
    5. 702 Illinois State October 2, 2009
    6. 668 Northern Iowa November 9, 1990
    7. 660 Illinois State September 20, 2008
    8. 632 Southeast Missouri State November 11, 1995
    9. 620 Northern Iowa September 24, 1993
    10. 610 Bradley November 10, 2012
    11. 595 Missouri State October 14, 2011
    12. 594 Missouri State November 14, 1986
    13. 587 UMKC September 9, 2005
    14. 584 Evansville November 15, 2013
    15. 578 Illinois State October 25, 1996
    16. 573 Drake September 23, 2011
    17. 559 Indiana State October 17, 1997
    18. 550 Murray State September 9, 2011
    550 Northern Iowa September 18, 1992
    20. 538 Northern Iowa October 24, 1986
    21. 537 Drake November 12, 1999
    22. 527 Drake November 15, 2008
    23. 525 Louisiana State October 11, 1986
    24. 522 Bradley October 14, 1989
    25. 517 Murray State September 17, 2013


    A Homecourt Advantage

    Year Record Pct.
    1977 8-9 .471
    1978 9-5 .643
    1979 9-8 .529
    1980 12-6 .667
    1981 7-4 .636
    1982 5-3 .625
    1983 5-6 .455
    1984 10-1 .909
    1985 11-6 .647
    1986 9-1 .900
    1987 8-5 .615
    1988 7-7 .500
    1989 6-4 .600
    1990 2-7 .222
    1991 9-2 .818
    1992 7-5 .583
    1993 9-5 .643
    1994 9-4 .692
    1995 9-4 .692
    1996 5-6 .455
    1997 9-5 .643
    1998 12-3 .800
    1999 4-8 .333
    2000 4-8 .333
    2001 6-7 .461
    2002 9-5 .643
    2003 3-10 .231
    2004 6-8 .429
    2005 4-7 .364
    2006 5-8 .385
    2007 8-5 .615
    2008 8-5 .615
    2009 7-5 .583
    2010 8-5 .615
    2011 5-8 .385
    2012 8-2 .800
    2013 9-3 .750
    Total 271-202 .573