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APG Federal Credit Union Arena

Bel Air, MD

Home of the Harford Fighting Owls

2.9

2.8

APG Federal Credit Union Arena (map it)
401 Thomas Run Rd
Bel Air, MD 21015


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APG Federal Credit Union Arena website

Year Opened: 2012

Capacity: 2,552

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Home of the Fighting Owls of Harford Community College

Harford Community College is located in Bel Air, MD, roughly in between Baltimore and the Delaware state line. It was founded in September 1957 as the "Harford Junior College." In 1971 the name was changed to it’s current college designation. The Harford Fighting Owls play in NJCAA Division I, the highest athletic level for 2-year colleges and are a part of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

Having played in the antiquated Susquehanna Center gym since its 1968 opening, Harford wanted to update its facilities. So in 2011 the college began an extensive remodel of the facility. As part of the remodel was the addition of this 2552 seat arena.

Aberdeen Proving Grounds Federal Credit Union provided sponsorship in another surprising turn for this community college building. While sponsorships are the norm nowadays in the stadium world, a sponsor program for a small 2-year college building is pretty new on the landscape. The name is often shortened to the equally hard to say APGFCU Arena.

The arena opened in late 2012 for the men's and women's basketball season, as well as a performance of the Harlem Globetrotters. The arena has also been a popular venue for smaller musical acts and trade shows.

Joe Lunardi, known as ESPN's NCAA basketball "bracketologist" is the color commentary on the games covered by local streaming TV. Athletic Director Ken Krsolovic does play-by-play. The two used to work together on Saint Joseph's University basketball broadcasts.

2.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    2

There is a functional but not too exciting concession stand. Pizza slices are $4, hot dogs $3, nachos $4. There are also pretzels on sale for $3.50, popcorn $3, and funnel cake $4. Sodas are $2.

The arena does have a liquor license, but they will not sell those products during college basketball games.

It is nice that there are some soda machines around the arena. A Coca-Cola branded drink for $1.50 is certainly a nice value.

Atmosphere    2

To be honest, the fan atmosphere is not very impressive. A community college audience gets a lot of family members and a few interested community individuals, but very few students.

The arena staff do try to engage the fans with interactive games and giveaways. A small squad of cheerleaders is present and local high school pep bands often play during the games.

A portable, hanging video screen is used for some games. It adds a nice feature to the game presentation.

Neighborhood    4

Harford Community College is in a suburban location and has plenty of free parking. The area is safe and has many restaurants nearby. Naughty Dogs is within walking distance and has a fun, cheap bar for pre and post game refreshments, along with food such as pit beef. JD's Smokehouse located across the street provides another option for food and drinks and some pretty good barbecue. If you are in the mood for Mexican, La Tolteca is located just a brief distance away, and is a consistently good food place.

Travel into Bel Air and there are multiple chain and local options. There are numerous options, such as MaGerks Pub & Grill, around the area.

A quick drive in the other direction is Aberdeen. Olive Tree is a better version of a well-known Italian chain, while Mamie's Cafe with Love is an old-school Baltimore-style restaurant that offers free desserts with all meals. Super Chicken Rico is another choice with which you can't go wrong.

Venture into nearby Havre de Grace, and the options expand dramatically. Try Laurrapin Grille at 209 N Washington Street (Havre de Grace, MD 21078). Other food options in Havre de Grace include the Tidewater Grille and Vineyard Wines. Washington Street Books, Bahoukas Beer MuZeum and GreenJoy are all interesting shopping options in this quaint waterfront town. If you do go to Havre de Grace, make sure to stop at the elegant Concord Point Lighthouse.

Fans    1

Harford does have its own cheerleading squad to provide some more atmosphere, although sometimes it be down to a single member. The team mascot, Screech The Owl, also tries to get the crowd fired up. A community college audience gets a lot of family members and a few interested community fans, but very few students.

Access    4

Harford is located just a few miles off of I-95, one of the largest highways in the northeast. But State Route 22 can be very crowded with commuters traveling between Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG) and central Harford County. APG has become a very large Army base after the last round of federal base realignment and closure activities. So leave some extra time getting to APGFCU Arena. Towson University in Northeastern Maryland is a brand new extension campus of the well established state university that recently opened across from the Harford campus.

Return on Investment    4

APGFCU Arena is noted as being the largest arena in northeast Maryland. That is a somewhat silly pronouncement with Maryland being a relatively small state. But the arena is already seeing its schedule filled with various events and concerts. Basketball crowds will obviously not be its bread and butter alone.

Tickets range in price from $6 for general admission to $10 for reserved seating. The general admissions seats are the best value and are priced fairly. Most games are doubleheaders with the men's and women's teams so that adds to the value.

Extras    3

The arena staff does do a good job of promotions. They really treat your experience here as if you are at a major college. It would be very easy to not do this with the small crowd, but they never give up.

The Chesapeake Center is the name for the rest of the building that the APG Federal Credit Union Arena is connected to. Check out the rest of this facility, as the 2011-2012 renovation changed the look and feel of this building dramatically.

The rest of the Harford Community College campus is worth taking a look at. The college has added buildings and facilities numerous times over the past 15 years. A small rural college is now a major suburban educational institution.

Final Thoughts

This is a pretty impressive facility for a community college. It will be interesting to see if other colleges of this size try to follow suit.

The product on the court is pretty good, especially the high scoring women's team, and the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference offers some good and quality competition. Just don't expect to see the largest crowds around, as that is not likely to change any time soon, even with a fine facility.

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Crowd Reviews

APG Federal Credit Union Arena

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 1
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 1
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Harford Community College is located in Bel Air, MD, roughly between Baltimore and the Delaware state line. They play in NJCAA Division I, the highest athletic level for two-year colleges, and are a part of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

Having played in the antiquated Susquehanna Center gym since its 1968 opening, Harford wanted to update its facilities. So in 2011, the college began an extensive remodel of the facility. Surprisingly for a community college, the plan included a nearly 5,000-seat arena to be attached to the existing building. Budget cuts did reduce the seating to the existing 2,500 (3,200 for concerts), but it is still a dramatic build for this type of institution.

Aberdeen Proving Grounds Federal Credit Union provided sponsorship in another surprising turn for this community college building. While sponsorships are the norm nowadays in the stadium world, a sponsor program for a small two-year college building is pretty new on the landscape. The name is often shortened to the equally-hard to say APGFCU Arena.

The arena opened in late 2012 for the men’s and women’s basketball season, as well as a performance of the Harlem Globetrotters.

The Owls' Roost

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 1
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Harford Community College is located in Bel Air, Maryland, roughly between Baltimore and the Delaware state line. They play in NJCAA Division I, the highest athletic level for two-year colleges, and are a part of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

Having played in the antiquated Susquehanna Center gym since its 1968 opening, Harford wanted to update its facilities. So in 2011, the college began an extensive remodel of the facility. Surprisingly for a community college, the plan included a nearly 5,000-seat arena to be attached to the existing building. Budget cuts did reduce the seating to the existing 2,500 (3,200 for concerts), but it is still a dramatic build for this type of institution.

Aberdeen Proving Grounds Federal Credit Union provided sponsorship, in another surprising turn for this community college building. While sponsorships are the norm nowadays in the stadium world, a sponsor program for a small two-year college building is pretty new on the landscape. The name is often shortened to the equally hard to say APGFCU Arena.

The arena opened in late 2012 for the men’s and women’s basketball season, as well as a performance of the Harlem Globetrotters. The arena has also been a popular venue for smaller musical acts and trade shows.

Home of the Fighting Owls of Harford Community College

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 1
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Harford Community College is located in Bel Air, MD, roughly in between Baltimore and the Delaware state line. They play in NJCAA Division I, the highest athletic level for 2-year colleges and are a part of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

Having played in the antiquated Susquehanna Center gym since its 1968 opening, Harford wanted to update its facilities. So in 2011 the college began an extensive remodel of the facility. As part of the remodel was the addition of this 2552 seat arena.

Aberdeen Proving Grounds Federal Credit Union provided sponsorship in another surprising turn for this community college building. While sponsorships are the norm nowadays in the stadium world, a sponsor program for a small 2-year college building is pretty new on the landscape. The name is often shortened to the equally hard to say APGFCU Arena.

The arena opened in late 2012 for the men’s and women’s basketball season, as well as a performance of the Harlem Globetrotters. The arena has also been a popular venue for smaller musical acts and trade shows.

Joe Lunardi, known as ESPN's NCAA basketball "bracketologist" is the color commentary on the games covered by local streaming TV. Athletic Director Ken Krsolovic does play-by-play. The two used to work together on Saint Joseph's University basketball broadcasts.

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Local Food & Drink

MaGerks Pub & Grill  (map it!)

120 S. Bond St.

Bel Air, MD 21014

(410) 638-7701

http://www.magerkspub.com/belair/

JD's Smokehouse  (map it!)

2235 Churchville Rd.

Bel Air, MD 21015

(410) 734-7900

http://www.yelp.com/biz/jds-smokehouse-bel-air

Bull on the Beach  (map it!)

2306 E Churchville Rd

Bel Air, MD 21015

(410) 734-7933

http://www.bullonthebeachoc.com

La Tolteca  (map it!)

2350 E Churchville Rd

Bel Air, MD 21015

(410) 734-0616

http://latoltecamd.com/

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