The basketball arena was named for 1st Lt. Edward C. Christl Jr. (USMA ’44), who was killed in Austria in 1945. Elected basketball team captain during his senior year, Christl led the Black Knights to a perfect 15-0 record.
The building is constructed of concrete and steel framed masonry complete with spectator and support facilities. It contains two concession areas, an Army Athletic Association gift shop, ticket office, sports medicine room, storage areas and offices for coaching and administrative personnel on both basketball and hockey levels.
Christl Arena possesses a Horner hardwood basketball floor, which was refurbished and re-painted in 2012 and measures 149×116 feet. Shower and locker room facilities for Army’s men and women squads, plus three visiting locker rooms are located close by. The arena also contains six Hydra-Rib basketball supports, fixed chair and bench seating for spectators and two new scoreboards at either end, put up for the start of the 2001-02 season.
The interior of the building underwent a facelift prior to the 2012-13 season. Not only was the floor design changed, but the concourse area was improved with new signage and photos. It was just the latest improvement to the facility which also underwent a small renovation during the 2011-12 season. A new retractable seating area was installed on both sides of the court, allowing for an improved fan experience on game day and more flexibility during practice time.