Anderson Arena

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Anderson Arena
The House That Roars
Location Bowling Green, Ohio
Owner Bowling Green State University
Operator Bowling Green State University
Capacity 4,700 (basketball)
2,800 (gymnastics)
Opened 1960
Bowling Green Falcons (NCAA)
Men's basketball (1960–2011)
Women's basketball (1973–2011)
Women's volleyball (1976–2010)
Women's gymnastics (1975–present)

Anderson Arena is an indoor arena located in Memorial Hall on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and is currently home to the Bowling Green Falcons women's gymnastics team. The arena, which opened in 1960, served as the home arena for the Bowling Green men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball team until 2011. Following their season finales in 2010 and 2011, the teams moved into the newly built Stroh Center on the east side of campus. It originally had a seating capacity of 4,700 people for basketball games. For gymnastics meets, the capacity is 2,800.[1]


Exterior of Anderson Arena

The arena is named after Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Harold Anderson, who coached Bowling Green's men's basketball team from 1942–63, leading the Falcons to three NCAA tournament appearances. Anderson Arena played host to the championship game of the 1983 Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, in which Bowling Green lost 59–56 to Ohio. The arena also hosted first round games for the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament in 1989, 1993 and 1994.[2] Anderson Arena was also notable for its final center-hung scoreboard, an All-American scoreboard which was originally at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and was moved to Anderson in the late 1980s.

By the dawn of the new millennium, problems arose with the arena. There were only two restrooms in the entire arena--a serious problem whenever attendance was anywhere near capacity. It lacked a number of modern conveniences, such as air conditioning. The concession facilities were well behind the times. Its acoustics and seating arrangement for concerts left much to be desired. Most severely, it was nowhere near compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.[3]

The Bowling Green men's basketball team won their final regular season game at Anderson Arena, defeating Buffalo 73–63. During the halftime of the game a ceremony named Closing the Doors At the House That Roars was held that included former Bowling Green Falcons basketball stars, most notably Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond, university president Dr. Carol A. Cartwright and Ellen Anderson, the daughter of former coach and arena namesake Harold Anderson. The ceremony included a video tribute and a few speeches were given reminiscing the history of the arena.[4]

The final commencement ceremonies at the Anderson Arena occurred on May 6–7, 2011 with 1,958 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their diplomas in four ceremonies over the two days.[5]


  1. ^ Bowling Green State University 2015 Gymnastics Media Guide (PDF). Bowling Green State University. 2015. pp. 30–31. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Staff report (October 26, 2010). "Bowling Green will host women's tourney games". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ Shapiro, Sean (March 3, 2011). "Stroh Center to update athletics". BG News. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hackenburg, Dave (March 5, 2011). "The memories are great, but it is time to move on". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ Staff report (May 4, 2011). "Commencement at BGSU will be last time graduates cross Anderson Arena stage". Sentinel-Tribune. Bowling Green, OH. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 

Coordinates: 41°22′37″N 83°38′11″W / 41.37694°N 83.63639°W / 41.37694; -83.63639