Construction for the main portion of Cassell Coliseum began in 1961. It was completed in December 1964 at a cost of $2.7 million. Cassell was first used on Jan. 3, 1962 -- before its completion -- for a basketball game with Alabama, which Virginia Tech won 91-67. In addition to athletic games, the coliseum has been used for commencement exercises, presidential inaugurations, concerts, speeches, and tournaments.
Originally known as Student Activities and Physical Education Building, it was renamed Cassell Coliseum on Nov. 5, 1976. Additions were completed in 1984 and 1998.