Updated Tue, Dec 18, 2012 9:55 am
In his recent rankings, Brandon Gee of StadiumJourney.com acknowledged Ohio University’s Convocation Center as the second best college basketball experience in Ohio.
Built in 1968, the Convo seats 13,080 Bobcat fans for home sporting events, including men’s basketball. The building also hosts commencement exercises, concerts and other activities.
The rankings were not based entirely on success on the floor (Ohio State was ranked 11th on the list), but the Sweet Sixteen team that finished 17-1 at home helped boost their rank.
The atmosphere surrounding the Convo is what ultimately built the strong recognition.
“Hidden in the hills of southeastern Ohio is the Athens campus of Ohio University. On the western edge of the incredibly picturesque campus is the Convocation Center,” Gee wrote. “Though the building is dated, the students and local fans sell this place.”
Ohio is the only team in the Mid-American Conference to be ranked in the top five. The Convo was placed behind the University of Dayton Arena, which has gone through major renovations in recent years and has hosted the opening round of March Madness.
The Bobcats will take the court in the Convocation Center Saturday at 2 p.m. against Winthrop.