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Public invited to pay tribute to Lute Olson Sept. 12 at McKale

Lute Olson Tribute
Posted at 12:11 PM, Aug 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-12 14:48:13-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A public tribute to the late University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson is set for Sept. 12. A number of Coach Olson's former players, staff members and managers are expected to be in attendance, with some of them speaking during the event.

The event will occur at McKale Center starting at 10 a.m. A free live stream will also be available to watch on the Arizona Athletics Facebook page and at

Event Details

  • All parking lots around the McKale Center are available free of charge.
  • Fans will be allowed to enter the McKale Center via Gate B (adjacent to the McKale Center Ticket Office windows on the south side of the venue) or Gate C (the bridge that connects the Cherry Parking Garage to the West).
  • Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. with the event beginning at 11:30 a.m.
  • The tribute will be live streamed using the following links:

Arizona Athletics is asking the public to make a donation to the Lute Olson Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Men’s Basketball instead of bringing flowers.

The legendary coach passed away on Aug. 27, 2020.

Olson led the Wildcats to four Final Four appearances and 23 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.