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Stroh Center

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The Stroh Center will be a state-of-the-art venue for concerts, commencement, lectures, and numerous campus and community events, and serve as the home for the Falcon men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs.  The facility will include locker rooms, meeting rooms, and coaching staff offices for the teams, the BGSU Athletics Hall of Fame, a merchandise store, ticket office, and lounge.  The center will also
be “the most environmentally friendly building on campus,” according to President Carol Cartwright. “The building is being designed to meet specifications for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification—one of the most prestigious and recognized ratings for ‘green’ buildings in the world.”  Expected to cost $36 million, paid for primarily with bonded debt, some $14 million will come from private sources.  Students have voted to increase fees to help pay for the building.

The building is under construction on campus near I-75 and Wooster Street, and is scheduled to open in time for the 2011-12 season. 

The facility is named for Kermit F. and Mary Lu Stroh of Wapakoneta in Auglaize County, Ohio.  Mr. Stroh is a former member (1993-2002) and twice chairman of the BGSU Board of Trustees and an honorary alumnus.

At right, President Sidney Ribeau with Mary Lu and Kermit Stroh, March 1, 2008.

Listed below are additional highlights in the history of the building:

  • March 1, 2008 - Kermit and Mary Lu Stroh announce an $8 million gift for the construction of a new convocation center and arena, the largest in BGSU's history
  • Rossetti Associates Inc., a Southfield, Mich., architectural firm, and URS Group Inc., a Cleveland engineering firm, selected to design the center
  • July 16, 2009 - Planned Club area in Stroh Center to be named Anderson Club for legendary men's basketball coach Harold Anderson
  • September 3, 2009 - Groundbreaking
  • 2009 - Construction begins
  • November 16, 2011 - Installation of Falcon sculpture
  • BGSU Unveils Design of New Arena
  • BGSU Falcons Stroh Center page
  • Opening Scheduled Fall 2011