Moby Arena

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Moby Arena
Location 951 West Plum Street
Fort Collins, CO 80523 USA
Owner Colorado State University
Operator Colorado State University
Capacity 8,745
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Broke ground 1964
Opened January 27, 1966
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Tenants
Colorado State Rams

Moby Arena is an 8,745-seat basketball arena in Fort Collins, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The arena, originally named Moby Gymnasium, was opened on January 27, 1966 with a victory over New Mexico State. The arena was built to replace South College Gymnasium, which was built in 1926 and seated 1,500 people.

Design[edit]

On the outside, the arena is a rounded rectangle over the indented lower level, with a hump-shaped roof arcing over the long sides of the building. Inside, the seating is much higher on the sidelines than in the endzones. However, the most recognizable features of the arena are the corner walls which divide the sidelines from the end zones, and feature large ram's horn patterns on each one, radiating out from the near corners. The basketball court floor also features the ram's horns pattern, created with the use of two different colors of hardwood (the horns use the darker shade). A video scoreboard hangs from the center of the rafters, and is surrounded by banners as well as retractable basketball hoops for use during practice.

Uses[edit]

The arena is home to the Colorado State University Rams basketball and volleyball teams. In 1967, it hosted two first-round games for the West & Midwest regions, for that year's Men's Basketball Tournament. It also hosted the 1992 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament.

Moby Arena also hosts concerts. The Rolling Stones played the first show of their 1969 tour at the arena. Other artists to have played here are: Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Steve Miller Band, O.A.R., The Fray, Blind Melon, Set Forth, Gov't Mule and Ludacris. Lupe Fiasco and Three 6 Mafia played a controversial show at Moby Arena in which Lupe addressed the crowd multiple times as the "University of Colorado."

Parts of the 1977 film One on One were filmed in Moby Arena.

Campus Crusade for Christ hosts its U.S. staff conference every other year at CSU; main sessions are held inside Moby Arena.

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Coordinates: 40°34′32.41″N 105°5′36.25″W / 40.5756694°N 105.0934028°W / 40.5756694; -105.0934028