It’s commonplace in the sporting world to see playing surfaces named after legendary coaches and players who have played for the respective team. In the college sports world, a lot of playing surfaces and facilities are named after such individuals.
More often than not, these players or coaches are not currently with the team, but have retired or moved on to the professional ranks. Some make monetary donations to the school in exchange for naming rights, but that doesn’t compare to the honour of having a field or court named after you.
On Thursday, San Diego State University announced that they were renaming the court inside Viejas Arena to honour their longtime men’s basketball coach, Steve Fisher.
The state of Texas is full of great sporting programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Competing with the likes of Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, TCU, and others for attention is something that smaller schools do not stand a chance in doing.
Being a significant distance from any large school is also a factor, and that is the situation that Texas-Pan American finds themselves in.
Located in Edinburg, TX, which is just over half an hour from the Mexico – USA border, UTPA has a tough time attracting crowds to their basketball and volleyball games. With that in mind, they have a hidden gem of sorts in their basketball facility.
The year 1998 was a big year in the sporting world.
Kentucky won the NCAA Championship with a 78 – 69 victory over Utah.
The Chicago Bulls won their third straight NBA Championship in a lockout-shortened season to complete their second three-peat in the decade.
It marked the first year that NHL players participated in the Olympics, and the first year that women’s hockey was in the Olympics.
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both took aim at Roger Maris’ home run record of 61 in a season. Both would go onto top that mark, with McGwire hitting 70 home runs and Sosa hitting 66.
Also that year, the Furman Paladins opened the Timmons Arena in Greensville, SC. The new facility put the men’s and women’s basketball teams back on campus, and what a great move it was for the program and the school as a whole. Continue reading Hallowed Grounds: Timmons Arena→
The year 1981 was a good year in terms of sports. Some of today’s best athletes were born in 1981.
Roger Federer, Troy Polamalu, Hope Solo, Iker Casillas, Serena Williams, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eli Manning, Joe Johnson and Carlos Boozer are just a handful of the professional athletes who were born in 1981.
Also in 1981, the Wofford Terriers started to call a new building home for their men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The Benjamin Johnson Arena was opened in 1981, and is still the home to these teams today.
It’s a common thought in the sporting world that once you pass the 30 year mark, you are passed your prime and it’s a slow decline from then on out. In terms of the Benjamin Johnson Arena, the facility is still in great shape and is one that people need to check out. Continue reading Hallowed Grounds: Benjamin Johnson Arena→
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