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Stroh Center The Nest Location Bowling Green, Ohio Broke ground September 3, 2009 Opened September 9, 2011 Owner Bowling Green State University Operator Bowling Green State University Construction cost $30 million Architect Rossetti Architects and URS Group Capacity Concerts: 5,000 Basketball:4,700 Volleyball:4,700 Tenants Bowling Green Falcons (Men's & Women's basketball and Volleyball) The Stroh Center is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio that is currently under construction and will open September 2011. When the arena opens, it will replace Anderson Arena as the home of the Bowling Green Falcons men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams and will host music concerts and the university's commencement ceremonies. The arena was designed by the architectural firm Rossetti Architects, designers of Red Bull Arena and Rio Tinto Stadium, and engineering firm URS Group.[1] Contents 1 History 2 Design and amenities 3 Notable events 4 References 5 External links History After almost five decades of service to Bowling Green State University, a need to replace Anderson Arena emerged due to the arena's limited accommodations including only two restrooms in the entire arena and poor acoustics for concerts, but the most glaring reason for a replacement of Anderson Arena was the activities center's failure to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all of which proving detrimental to the university's image and recruiting abilities.[2] At the men's basketball 2008 home finale against rival Kent State, Kermit Stroh, a trustee of the university from 1993–2002, and his late wife Mary Lu donated a university record $8.7 million to the university towards interscholastic athletics with $7.7 million marked for the building of a new convocation center that was to replace venerable Anderson Arena.[3][4] After a fundraiser that netted $13.5 million, including the $7.7 million from the Strohs, Bowling Green earmarked $36 million to fund the construction of the new arena, which included a $60 student fee every semester once the building was opened until the loans for the construction of the arena were paid off. As plans for the arena accelerated despite the university's poor financial situation, several students formed a coalition to have a student vote on the Undergraduate Student Government's resolution that the student body supported paying the extra fee, leaving the passage of the resolution to the students in a vote.[5] The subsequent vote was held online in late March 2009, 28% of the student population participated in the vote and approved of the future fee with 2,630 students in favor, while 1,182 were opposed.[6] Seven sites around the campus were under consideration for the construction of the Stroh Center, including the adjacent parking lot next to Memorial Hall which houses Anderson Arena and the intramural fields between Doyt Perry Stadium and the Kreischer residence halls. The university ultimately decided to build the arena on a large parking lot along Wooster Street and Mercer Road at the east end of the campus that served as one of two parking lots for students that resided in the dormitorys on campus. Ground was broken on September 3, 2009 as Kerm Stroh dug a patch of ground with a backhoe at a ceremony attended by around 450 spectators and media.[7] The first steel beam was installed at the Stroh Center site on January 25, 2010[8] and the site's topping off occurred during a ceremony on May 3, 2010.[9] In July 2008, the university announced that a 2-ton, 23-foot falcon statue would be installed at the entrance of the new arena. The statue was a gift from North Carolina philanthropist, Irwin Belk, and will cost $100,000. The statue was be designed by the Jon Hair Studio of Fine Art near Cornelius, North Carolina and will be the largest bronze falcon statue in the world.[10] The falcon statute was installed in November 2010 and became part of the Falcon Spirit Plaza at the front entrance of the Stroh Center.[11] Design and amenities The Stroh Center was designed by Rossetti Architects of Southfield, Michigan and the Cleveland office of the URS Group engineering firm. A major goal of the construction was to replicate the intimacy of Anderson Arena, while providing athletes and spectators the modern comforts of a state-of-the-art convocation center. To accommodate this the Stroh Center was built in a theatre-in-the-round design, providing an open walkway allowing spectators to walk completely around the facility without missing the event on the stadium floor.[12] The arena would also include 88 courtside seats and the furthest seat in the arena, 60-feet from the court, would only be five feet further from the furthest seat at Anderson Arena. The seat widths at the new arena range from 19–22 inches, while the largest seat at Anderson was only 18 inches. The arena will also have four restrooms each at the north and south ends of the arena, two for women, one for men and one for families and will provide four concession areas in the open walkways.[13] An auxiliary gym at the Stroh Center, to be called the Schmidthorst Pavilion, was paid for with a $1.7 million donation from Allen and Carol Schmidthorst,[14] while the court for the gym was paid for with a $1 million donation from Bowling Green alumnus Larry Miles. The auxiliary practice gym to be built with the combined $2.7 million would help the men's and women's basketball teams avoid scheduling conflicts with the arena, an amenity that was not available at the Anderson Arena.[15] The arena will also include four visiting team locker rooms that can accommodate multiple teams that could help the arena to support events such as high school basketball tournaments.[12] The main video board at the Stroh Center will be 10 feet high by 20 feet wide with fixed sponsor elements and decorative cladding developed by Capturion Network LLC. The scoreboard will hang above the west basket and can operate as one large screen or be divided into multiple sections which have the ability to display real-time statistics, sponsor graphics, 3D animations and high definition live or recorded video. Along with the scoreboard, Capturion will manufacture the scorer’s tables and press row which will also feature the company's latest technology.[16] There also is a three-foot-by-30-foot “ribbon board” on the east end of the court with a variety of other scoreboards set to be in place in Fall 2011.[13] The Stroh Center will also hold a prominently placed Hall of Fame to commemorate the history of athletics at Bowling Green State University that will include exhibits and display cases that will hold items on a rotating basis. There will also be a designated area within the arena for cataloging and storing items not currently on display. Before the facilities at the Stroh Center, almost all memorabilia and artifacts related to Bowling Green athletics since the university's opening in 1910 had been stored in boxes in a small room just off the lobby of Anderson Arena in Memorial Hall and voluntarily collected and stored by former Bowling Green men's soccer and lacrosse coach Mickey Cochrane, who is namesake for Mickey Cochrane Field which serves as the home of the Bowling Green Falcons men's and women's soccer teams.[17] Harold Anderson, former Bowling Green men's basketball coach and athletic director and namesake for the Stroh Center's predecessor Anderson Arena, is remembered with the Anderson Club. The Anderson Club will consist of an approximately 1,500 square foot club area and chair back seating for roughly 400 fans. It will include hospitality areas, food and beverage service, high-definition televisions and areas to view the games. The Anderson Club area will be located on the concourse level on the south side of the arena at mid-court and seating for fans will extend to the floor-level row.[18] Notable events The Stroh Center will hold its first ticketed event, a concert by Christian rock band Sanctus Real, on August 13, 2011. The first Bowling Green athletic event at the new arena will be a women's volleyball match between Bowling Green and Michigan State on September 9. The men's basketball team will play their first game at the Stroh Center on November 12 against Howard, with the women's team playing their home opener against Purdue five days later.[13] Plans have also been announced for the Stroh Center to host a regular season game between the Bowling Green men's basketball team and the nationally prominent Michigan State men's basketball team during the 2011–12 men's basketball season and hosting first and second round games of the 2012 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.[19] References ^ Bowling Green State University Athletic Department (December 3, 2008). "BGSU Unveils Design Of The Stroh Center". Press release. Retrieved June 29, 2011.  ^ Shapiro, Sean (March 3, 2011). "Stroh Center to update athletics". BG News. Retrieved June 29, 2011.  ^ Gilbert, Meghan (March 1, 2008). "$8M gift to BGSU is largest in its history". Toledo Blade. Retrieved March 26, 2008.  ^ Bowling Green State University Athletic Department (March 1, 2008). "BGSU Receives $8 Million, the Largest Gift in its Nearly 100-Year History". Press release. Retrieved March 26, 2008.  ^ Gilbert, Meghan (March 19, 2009). "1,262 sign BGSU petitions to reverse vote on arena fee". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 30, 2011.  ^ Staff report (March 29, 2009). "BGSU undergrads approve fee to help build new campus arena". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 30, 2011.  ^ Carle, Jack (September 3, 2009). "Groundbreaking held for BGSU's Stroh Center". Sentinel-Tribune (Bowling Green, OH). Retrieved June 29, 2011.  ^ Knavel, Jason (January 25, 2010). "First Steel Beam Arrives At Stroh Center Site". Bowling Green State University Athletic Department. Retrieved June 30, 2011.  ^ Knavel, Jason (May 3, 2010). "Stroh Center Topping Off Ceremony Takes Place Monday". Bowling Green State University Athletic Department. Retrieved June 30, 2011.  ^ "Falcon Statue to be a Part of the Stroh Center". July 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  ^ Staff report (November 16, 2010). "The falcon has landed". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 29, 2011.  ^ a b Emmons, Donald (June 28, 2010). "A BGSU jewel Stroh Center on pace for completion in 2011". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 29, 2011.  ^ a b c Wagner, John (May 23, 2011). "Falcon's new nest nearly done". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 29, 2011.  ^ Autullo, Ryan (September 6, 2008). "$1.7M gift to help build new arena in Bowling Green". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 30, 2011.  ^ Bowling Green State University (October 6, 2008). "Findlay family funds "Court of Champions" in Stroh Center". Press release. Retrieved June 29, 2011.  ^ Knavel, Jason (June 30, 2010). "BGSU Athletics Partners With Capturion For Stroh Center Video System". Bowling Green State University Athletic Department. Retrieved June 30, 2011.  ^ Markey, Matt (February 15, 2009). "Cochrane can't wait for Bowling Green State University's new arena to open". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 30, 2011.  ^ Knavel, Jason (July 16, 2009). "Stroh Center Club Area Named After Late Harold Anderson". Bowling Green State University Athletic Department. Retrieved June 30, 2011.  ^ Staff report (October 26, 2010). "Bowling Green will host women's tourney games". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 29, 2011.  External links Stroh Center page at Bowling Green Falcons official website v · d · eBowling Green State University  Academics College of Arts and Sciences • College of Business Administration • College of Education and Human Development • College of Health and Human Services • College of Musical Arts • College of Technology • BGSU Firelands  Athletics Football (2010 season) • Ice Hockey  • Men's Basketball  • Women's Basketball • Baseball  • Battle of I-75 • Battle for the Anniversary Award • Mid-American Conference • Chris Bergeron • Dave Clawson • Curt Miller • Louis Orr • Danny Schmitz  Campus Anderson Arena • BGSU Ice Arena • Bowen-Thompson Student Union • Buildings • Doyt Perry Stadium • Jerome Library • Micky Cochrane Field • Warren E. 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