Loyola Field House
|Loyola Field House|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Owner||Loyola University New Orleans|
|Operator||Loyola University New Orleans|
|New Orleans Buccaneers (ABA) (1967-68)
New Orleans Jazz (NBA) (1974-75)
Loyola Wolfpack (NCAA) (1954-72)
Loyola Field House was an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. It hosted the ABA's New Orleans Buccaneers for two seasons (1967-68 and 1968-69), and the NBA's New Orleans Jazz. The arena held 6,500 people.
The Buccaneers advanced to the ABA Finals in 1967-68, losing to the Pittsburgh Pipers in 7 games. The team was led by Doug Moe and Larry Brown, ABA stars and future successful coaches. The team moved across town to the Tulane Gymnasium and the Municipal Auditorium for their third season, relocating to Memphis as the Memphis Pros in 1970.
The Field House was built on the campus of Loyola University in New Orleans in 1954 as a home for the university's basketball team. When the ABA came along in 1967 with a franchise, the Bucs played at the Field House until they relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in 1970. The New Orleans Jazz played some of their home games at the Field House for their inaugural 1974–75 season.
When Loyola dropped varsity sports in the mid-1970s, the building became the Recreation Center, with most of the seating torn out. The building was demolished in 1986 to make way for a new recreation center and parking garage.
- Bradley, Bill (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House. p. 179. ISBN 0-345-51392-4. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
- Finney, Peter (October 30, 2002), "Former Jazzman James remembers 1970s NBA hoopla", The Times-Picayune: C1
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