Bowen Field House

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Coordinates: 42°15′00″N 83°37′33″W / 42.250020°N 83.625940°W / 42.250020; -83.625940

Bowen Field House
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Owner Eastern Michigan University
Operator Eastern Michigan University
Opened 1955
Expanded 1982
Construction cost $1.25 million
($11.2 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Eastern Michigan Eagles

Bowen Field House is a 5,400 seat multi-purpose arena in Ypsilanti, Michigan on the Eastern Michigan University campus. It opened in 1955 and was home to the Eastern Michigan Eagles men's and women's basketball teams until the Convocation Center opened in 1997. It currently serves as the home of Eastern Michigan Eagles track and field, Eastern Michigan Eagles wrestling, and Eastern Michigan Eagles gymnastics.

The last regular season basketball game at the Field House was against the University of Toledo on February 25, 1998, though EMU hosted Toledo again three days later in the Field House in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference tournament that year.[2] EMU brought basketball back to the Field House in November 2013, where the men's team played local rival Concordia University as well as Robert Morris, while the women's team hosted Butler.[3]

On December 4, 1995, during halftime of a basketball game against San Francisco State, more than 50 EMU students took the court for an hour to protest the arrest a month earlier of a black student by a white police officer at a residence hall. Approximately 1,300 spectators were ushered out of the Field House, and the second half of the game was played in the empty arena.[4]

On Thursday, October 31, 1996, President Bill Clinton used a conference on women and business and a speech at the Field House to announce the expansion of a Small Business Administration program to help women.[5]


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ Hackenberg, Dave (1998-02-26). "Boykins gets last word against UT". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  3. ^ Athletics, EMU (2013-08-31). "EMU Basketball Heads Back to Bowen". Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Protest delays EMU game". The Bryan Times. 1995-12-05. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  5. ^ Purdum, Todd S. (1996-10-31). "Clinton Opens Hard Charge In Drive for Majority of Vote". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 

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