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
Owner Fordham University
Operator Fordham University
Capacity 3,200
Surface Hardwood
Opened January 16, 1925
Tenants
Fordham Rams
(basketball and 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, New York. The arena, which opened in 1925, is the oldest on-campus venue currently used primarily for a NCAA Division I basketball team and the second-oldest overall (with the oldest being Northeastern University's Matthews Arena, opened in 1910 and currently used for its basketball and hockey teams.) Forham's volleyball team also used the gym.

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 Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. During World War II, it was also used as a barracks. New York City Mayor Ed Koch lived in these barracks for a time. As early as 1970 an effort, headed by famed Fordham alumnus Vince Lombardi, was made to build a new arena. This effort ended with Lombardi's death and the move of head basketball coach "Digger" Phelps to the University of Notre Dame.[1]

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