Rose Hill Gymnasium

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Coordinates: 40°51′44″N 73°53′02″W / 40.862148°N 73.883824°W / 40.862148; -73.883824

Rose Hill Gymnasium
"The Prairie"
Fordham court 800.jpg
Location Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458
Opened January 16, 1925
Owner Fordham University
Operator Fordham University
Surface Hardwood
Capacity 3,200
Tenants
Fordham Rams
(Basketball & volleyball)

Rose Hill Gymnasium is a 3,200-seat multi-purpose arena on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in The Bronx, New York City. The arena, which opened in 1925, is the oldest on-campus venue currently in use by a NCAA Division I basketball team and the second-oldest overall, with the oldest being Matthews Arena used by Northeastern University which opened in 1910. It also houses the volleyball & women's basketball teams.

At the time it was built, it was one of the largest on-campus facilities in the country, earning it the nickname "The Prairie." The Rose Hill Gymnasium has been the site of many legendary college and high school basketball games, including the final high school game of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor). During World War II, it was also used as a barracks. New York City Mayor Ed Koch lived in these barracks for a time. Although it has great allure, many Fordham fans feel that a more modern arena will be necessary to recruit better basketball talent. As early as 1970 an effort, headed by Vince Lombardi, was made to build a new arena. This effort ended with Lombardi's death in 1970.[1]

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