BGSU Magazine Summer 2010

Anderson Arena: Remembering The House That Roars


Falcon Women’s Basketball has thrived at Anderson,becoming one of the country’s top programs. Here, the team celebrates its 2009 WNIT win over Syracuse.

 

Thirty straight regular season opponents have entered Anderson Arena with the calculated intention of defeating the Falcon women’s basketball team. And 30 have departed in defeat. The building that has been home to BGSU basketball and volleyball for more than half a century, and the place that bears the name of the legendary men’s coach Harold Anderson, has been a willing accomplice in the victories of generations of Falcons.

“You can see it in their eyes when other teams come in there … the place kind of gets to them,” current women’s standout Lauren Prochaska said. “Playing there makes a difference. It’s a big factor in our success.” Falcon teams and fans have loved the building since it opened in 1960, not for its brick exterior, or for the exposed steel girders inside, or the linear symmetry of its maple floor boards. It’s the 
generous intangibles of the grand, old 
barn that have made it so valued.

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