Athletics Center O'rena

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Athletics Center O'rena
Oakland university orena.jpg
O'rena in 2009
LocationOakland University
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Coordinates42°40′26″N 83°12′47″W / 42.673972°N 83.213158°W / 42.673972; -83.213158Coordinates: 42°40′26″N 83°12′47″W / 42.673972°N 83.213158°W / 42.673972; -83.213158
OwnerOakland University
OperatorOakland University
Capacity4,000[1]
SurfaceHardwood
Construction
Broke ground1996[2]
OpenedNovember 16, 1998
Construction cost$32 million[3]
($50.2 million in 2019 dollars[4])
ArchitectTMP Architecture, Inc.[3]
Tenants
Oakland University
Men's and Women's Basketball
Volleyball

Athletics Center O'rena is a 4,000-seat[5] multi-purpose arena in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is home to the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball teams. The court has a distinctive "blacktop" color first used in the 2015–16 season.[6]

History[edit]

The facility opened November 17, 1998, with a 96–66 loss to Michigan State University[7] in men's basketball. The opening of the O'rena coincided with Oakland's move from Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to Division I.

Attendance[edit]

Largest attendance
Date Opponent Attendance
Jan 13, 2017 Detroit Mercy 4,123
Feb 26, 2016 Detroit Mercy 4,114
Jan 8, 2016 Valparaiso 4,110
Feb 15, 2015 Detroit Mercy 4,101
Feb 14, 2014 Detroit Mercy 4,065

The O'rena attendance record is 4,123, set January 13, 2017, against the University of Detroit Mercy. There have been seven other crowds over 4,000: 4,114 vs. Detroit (2015–16), 4,110 vs. Valparaiso (2015–16), 4,101 vs. Detroit (2014–15), 4,065 vs. Detroit (2013–14), 4,063 vs. Georgia (2016–17), 4,055 vs. University of Missouri (2003–04) and 4,034 vs. Oral Roberts University (2009–10).[8]

Power Five conference opponents[edit]

Oakland has a 4–2 record all-time against Power Five conference schools at home.[9] They have defeated Michigan (2000–01 season), Texas A&M (2003–04), Tennessee (2011–12) and Georgia (2016–17) since the arena opened in 1998.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.goldengrizzlies.com/facilities/orena-mbb.html
  2. ^ "Oakland University Official Athletic Site – Facilities". Ougrizzlies.com. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Oakland University, Recreation & Athletic Center - Project Details". Schooldesigns.com. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  5. ^ http://www.goldengrizzlies.com/facilities/orena-mbb.html
  6. ^ http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/2015/04/16/oakland-university-basketball-court/25872503/
  7. ^ http://bbpassport.com/game/1998-11-17-msu-oak[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Oakland–Detroit Postgame Notes" (PDF). Oakland University. February 26, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Robinson, Geoff (December 24, 2016). "Big second half lifts Oakland over Georgia". Detroit News. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Georgia Game Notes" (PDF). Oakland University. Retrieved December 27, 2016.