Athletics Center O'rena

Athletics Center O'Rena

Home of the Oakland basketball and volleyball teams is the Athletics Center O'rena.  The newest and most modern facility of its kind in The Horizon League, it is a part of Oakland University's Recreation and Athletics Center Complex located in the heart of the Oakland campus.

Site of some of the most enthusiastic crowds in the league, the atmosphere in the O'rena starts with Oakland's student section, the Grizz Gang, one of the most vocal groups among Horizon League student sections.  With great sight lines from every seat, a brand new state-of-the-art video board, concession areas and a merchandise center, the O'rena is truly a great atmosphere to watch collegiate basketball. 

Athletics Center O'rena (3,000)
Rochester, Mich.
Mascot (L-R): Grizz and Clawzz
Nickname Golden Grizzlies
First Game

November 17, 1998

Largest MBB Home Crowd 4,114 vs. Detroit (2/26/16)
Largest WBB Home Crowd
2,505 vs. Oral Roberts (1/12/08)
Largest VB Home Crowd
1,163 vs. ND State (10/15/10)
MBB All-Time Home Record
172-65 (.726)
WBB All-Time Home Record
161-84 (.657)
VB All-Time Home Record
86-116 (.426)
First MBB Home Win
UM-Dearborn, 81-54 (11/24/98)
First WBB Home Win
Morehead State, 95-61 (11/24/98)
First VB Home Win
Chicago State, 3-0 (9/25/98)
First MBB Home League Win
Kansas City, 88-81 (1/16/99)
First WBB Home League Win
Southern Utah, 80-70 (12/4/99)
First VB Home League Win
Chicago State, 3-0 (11/6/99)
Most MBB Home Points Scored
114, vs. Kansas City (12/6/07)
Most WBB Home Points Scored 108 (2 times), Most Recently vs. UM-Dearborn (12/6/07)
Most MBB Opponent Points Scored 108 by Kansas City (2/24/00)
Most WBB Opponent Points Scored 91 by Oral Roberts (2/6/10)

Groundbreaking for the facility was in the fall of 1996, with the first game occurring on Nov. 17, 1998, when Oakland hosted No. 5 Michigan State in front of a packed house of over 4,000 fans and a regional television audience.  In addition to the arena, the facility also includes locker rooms for all of Oakland's 18 intercollegiate sports, a modern athletic training room, office space for the athletic department, a media room, booster room, weight room, equipment room and a 1,000-seat top-of-the-line natatorium.

Part of the campus recreation complex, the recreation side of the facility includes a three-court gym, weight training and fitness area, multipurpose/aerobic rooms, racquetball and squash courts, a wellness center and classrooms and meeting areas.

Some of the top teams in the nation have visited the O'rena for men's and women's basketball, including Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Penn State, Purdue and Texas A&M.  Always a tough place to play for Golden Grizzlies' opponents, Oakland has won more than 70 percent of its games in the 14 seasons that the facility has been in operation, including big wins over Florida State, Illinois, Michigan and Texas A&M.

The men's basketball team is 108-28 (.794) over the last 10 seasons (2006-16) inside the O'rena. OU is 58-13 over its last 70 games at home.

The Golden Grizzlies have not had a losing season inside the O'rena in program history.

The volleyball team is 41-19 over the last five seasons at home, including a program-best 10-2 in 2011. The Golden Grizzlies also picked up their first-ever win over a Big Ten opponent at home in a five-set thriller over Iowa (9/1/12).

Grizz Gang

• The Grizz Gang is a main stay at all Golden Grizzly home games. Made up of Oakland students, the Grizz Gang is another reason why Oakland holds the nation's third-best home court league winning streak.

Golden Grizzly Pep Band

• The Golden Grizzly Pep Band is present at every home game inside the O'rena. They provide the Golden Grizzlies with even more of a home court advantage and are located right next to the student section.

Golden Grizzlies Photo Galleries