Athletics Center O'rena

Athletics Center O'Rena

The home of the Oakland volleyball team 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.

The Oakland volleyball team locker room inside the Athletics Center O'rena.
The Golden Grizzlies have access to state-of-the-art weight training equipment in the weight room at the O'rena.
The Grizz Gang bring infectious energy to Oakland's home events at the O'rena.

The 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, the official Oakland University student section. With great sight lines from every seat, a state-of-the-art video board, concession areas and a merchandise center, the O'rena is truly a great atmosphere to watch collegiate volleyball. 

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 natatorium. The weight room received a facelift in 2014 with the addition of 12 Olympic lifting platforms and new flooring among additional equipment upgrades.

In 2014, the volleyball locker room was completely renovated, including the addition of custom wood lockers, entertainment center, and custom graphics. It is now a source of pride and a comfortable home away from home for the Golden Grizzlies.

Volleyball Highlights at the O'rena

In 2014, Oakland hosted the Horizon League Volleyball Championship after the Golden Grizzlies won the conference's regular season title. Oakland went on to capture its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth by defeating Milwaukee in four sets in the tournament's championship match.

The volleyball team is 34-14 over the last four 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).

Thanks to the Horizon League's agreement with ESPN, all Oakland home volleyball matches are aired nationally on the ESPN3 platform.

The Golden Grizzlies went an impressive 10-3 at the O'rena in 2014, including 6-1 in Horizon League play, en route to its first Horizon League title.

Athletics Center O'rena (3,000)
Rochester, Mich.
First VB Match

Eastern Michigan (9/9/98)

Largest VB Home Crowd
1,163 vs. ND State (10/15/10)
VB All-Time O'rena Record
80-111 (.419)
VB Horizon League O'rena Record
15-7 (.682)
First VB Home Win
Chicago State, 3-0 (9/25/98)
First VB Home League Win
Chicago State, 3-0 (11/6/99)

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