Athletics Center O'rena - Men's Basketball
The Athletics Center O'rena opened in 1998 as the Golden Grizzlies hosted then-No. 5 Michigan State on Nov. 17th. The $15-million dollar facility hosts locker rooms for all 18 intercollegiate sports, a modern athletic training room, office space for the athletic department, a media room, academic center, booster room, strength and conditioning weight room and equipment room.
Site of some of the most enthusiastic crowds, the atmosphere in the O'rena starts with Oakland's student section, the Grizz Gang, one of the most vocal groups. 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.
The O'rena is one of the tougher places to play for opponents. The Golden Grizzlies win 73 percent of their games at home and have won 10 or more in 10 of the last 11 seasons.
The Golden Grizzlies have won five of six postseason games they have hosted inside the O'rena. Oakland defeated Kent State, 80-74, in the quarterfinals of the 2009 CollegeInsider.com Postseason tournament, while rattling off three wins en route to the Final Four of the 2012 CIT tournament, defeating Bowling Green (86-69), Buffalo (84-76) and Rice (77-70).
In its first season inside the Horizon League (2013-14), Oakland finished tied for fifth place and hosted its first-ever league tournament game as the No. 6 seed, defeating No. 7 seed Youngstown State, 96-92, in overtime. The game featured a great play call by Coach Greg Kampe that allowed Travis Bader to pick up a foul with 0.6 seconds left on the inbounds play, making both free throws and sending the game into OT. The play witnessed 1.4 million views on YouTube. The next season Kay Felder made a play against Youngstown State that made it to No. 1 on SportsCenter's Top Ten. In 2016, the O'rena one of the best moments in all of sports as Max Hooper hugged his father on Senior Day.