No major damage after HVAC smoke forces McKale Center evacuation, UA police says | Bruce Pascoe’s blog

The ESPN College GameDay logo is displayed on the jumbotron during ESPN’s College GameDay at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. Photo by Drew McCullough / Arizona Daily Star

Despite smoke that forced evacuation of McKale Center about an hour after the Wildcats’ 81-69 win over California on Saturday, UA police said the arena did not sustain significant damage.

In a post to social media, UAPD said an HVAC unit shorted, blowing smoke into the arena but that no significant damage was reported. UAPD said there were no spectators remaining at the time of the incident though some remaining staff and media had to be evacuated.

UAPD & @TucsonFireDept responded to McKale for a fire alarm. No fire, but an HVAC unit shorted, causing smoke to enter the arena. No damage was reported & TFD cleared the scene. No fans inside McKale at time. Thanks to TFD for their quick response! @uarizona @AZATHLETICS

— University of Arizona Police (@UArizonaPolice) March 6, 2022

After its season finale win over Cal on Saturday afternoon, Arizona held a long postgame ceremony and cut down the nets to celebrate its Pac-12 regular-season championship.