Old Dominion University Fieldhouse

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Old Dominion University Fieldhouse
Location 4700 Powhatan Ave
Norfolk, VA 23529
Owner Old Dominion University
Operator Old Dominion University
Capacity 5,200
Construction
Built 1970
Opened 1970
Closed 2002
Demolished 2006
Tenants
Old Dominion Monarchs

Old Dominion University Fieldhouse was a 5,200 seat multi-purpose arena in Norfolk, Virginia. It opened in 1970. It was home to the Old Dominion University Monarchs and Lady Monarchs basketball teams until the 2002-03 basketball season, when the Ted Constant Convocation Center opened.[1]

The men's team played the majority of its home games in the arena from 1970 to 1977, before moving full-time to the Norfolk Scope from 1977 to 1990, returning to the Fieldhouse on a part-time basis in 1990, and playing the majority of its season on-campus during the 2001-02 season, the last before moving into the Constant Center. The venue played host to the American Basketball Association's Virginia Squires for some games in the 1970-71 season. [2] It was the site of the final game of the ECAC Southern Region Tournament, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college basketball tournament organized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), in 1977; the tournament champion received an automatic bid to the 1977 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[3][4]

The Fieldhouse, which had a stage in one end zone, also hosted concerts, including Frank Zappa on April 22, 1980. In 2006 Tim Nolan set a world record, juggling 11 balls at the Fieldhouse.[5]

The Fieldhouse was demolished in 2006. The ODU Recreation and Wellness Center now stands on its footprint. The center contains a 15,000 sq. ft. multi-level fitness center, multiple gymnasiums and racquetball courts, an indoor track, pool, indoor climbing wall and facilities for equipment rentals.[6]

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Coordinates: 36°53′09″N 76°18′41″W / 36.885959°N 76.311494°W / 36.885959; -76.311494