University of Dayton Arena
University of Dayton Arena
University of Dayton Arena is a 13,435-seat multi-purpose arena in Dayton, Ohio. The arena opened in 1969. It is home to the University of Dayton Flyers basketball teams, and has hosted 82 games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament over its history, the second most prolific venue in NCAA history and the most prolific among active venues,with the most recent being first and second round games of the 2009 tournament. With the arena scheduled to host the 2010 opening round game, it will tie the Municipal Auditorium as the host of the most NCAA mens tournament games.
Since 2001, the facility has hosted the annual "play-in" game in the NCAA men's basketball tournament (officially the "opening round" game) which features the teams rated 64th and 65th in the tournament field. The playing court is known as Blackburn Court, named after historic UD coach Tom Blackburn. The Donoher Center expansion on the southwest corner of the Arena was completed in 1998. Named for former Flyers basketball coach Don Donoher, the Center provides an NBA-caliber facility for conditioning and game preparation. The arena was extensively renovated during the summer of 2002. The additions include new and expanded concession areas, luxury boxes, disabled access improvements, and a restaurant/bar named the Time-Warner Flight Deck. Because of this, the venue was awarded the 2003 and 2004 Atlantic Ten Conference men's basketball tournaments.
The Arena has been hailed by sportscasters and opponent coaches alike as one of the greatest venues in college basketball. Since its opening in 1969, over 14 million visitors have witnessed events at the Arena. In 2002, the Arena was the site of the first ever high-definition television (HDTV) broadcast for ESPN.
During the 2004-2005 season, the University of Dayton ranked 18th in the nation in attendance at the arena.
Along with its hosting duties for the NCAA Tournament "play-in" game, the UD Arena also served as the host of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) men's basketball conference tournament from 1989-91 and as the host of the Atlantic Ten Basketball tournament in 2003 and 2004. The Arena is scheduled to host the Opening Round game through 2010, and will be a regional venue for the women's tournament in 2010.
Recently, the developing company, Industrial Reality Group, announced plans that they will be developing land near the University of Dayton Arena. Plans for the property include construction of an affordable hotel, one or two (nonfast food) chain restaurants, and eventually a big box retailer. The new development plans to compliment the area near the Arena.