Built in 1987, the Tiger Den is still considered one of the state’s top venues with a seating capacity of 4,720.
The Tiger den is the home to boys and girls basketball, wrestling, and volleyball, and WCHS Athletics has served as the host site for a number of IHSAA sectionals, regionals and semi-state events.
Seating capacity at the Tiger Den has been reduced twice and increased once since construction, and all changes were completed to improve spectator and player safety. In 2005, in order to move the front row further from the basketball playing surface, an entire row was taken out of the lower level bleachers along both sidelines and behind each baseline, pulling the bleachers back away from the court and removing 162 total seats. In 2014, an additional 32 seats were removed in order to place hand rails on the lower-level bleachers along both sidelines.
An additional 16 seat locations were added with the construction of a handicapped seating area on the upper, west end of the Tiger Den in the summer of 2017. This was completed in an effort to maintain a safe environment for players as well as our spectators with limited mobility who often sat in wheelchairs in the lower corners of the gym – locations where both safety and visibility was less than ideal.
There are two full-sized basketball courts upstairs in the Tiger Den located behind each of the upper-level retractable bleacher sets.
In 2006, a fitness center was added to the west side of the Tiger Den, and a wrestling room was added on top of the fitness center. Both of these facilities can be accessed from inside the Tiger Den as well as through doors and stair wells located on the addition’s exterior.
The Tiger Den main court, which consists of a spring floor, was refinished and redesigned in both 2000 and 2013.
For fans needing assistance in accessing a second floor, there is an elevator located in the northwest corner of the gym (door 26 entrance).