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.
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 78-14 (.848) over the last seven seasons (2006-13) inside the O'rena. OU is 49-7 over its last 56 games at home.
▪The Golden Grizzlies have not had a losing season inside the O'rena in program history.
▪ The volleyball team is 17-6 over the last two 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).