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Harold Alfond Arena

Orono, ME

Home of the Maine Black Bears

2.9

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Harold Alfond Arena (map it)
168 College Ave
Orono, ME 04473


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Year Opened: 1977

Capacity: 5,712

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Black Bear Basketball

The Maine Black Bears basketball team use Harold Alfond Arena as a primary venue for conference games and many higher attendance contests. The UMaine basketball home at Memorial Gymnasium, nicknamed “The Pit”, was deemed unplayable for league play because of its inability to hold regulated capacity. With upcoming renovations to Memorial Gymnasium, all future Black Bear basketball games will be played in that facility.

The venue opened in 1977 and has a capacity of 5,712 for basketball. Originally “The Alfond” was only home to the Maine hockey team, but in 1992 the basketball squad made the arena it home for basketball.

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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    3

Alfond Arena offers a variety of food items from two separate food stands, one on each side of the ice. Food items are very affordable, comparably. These include hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, soft drinks, hot chocolate, candy, and other selections. The food selection is somewhat standard, but there is something for just about everyone. With the food stands set away from underneath the concourse at the corners of the arena, the major foot traffic is avoided, and winding lines are created to keep food lines separate from others who are commuting around the arena.

Atmosphere    2

The University of Maine basketball team suffers by playing in the same season as The University of Maine hockey team, which consumes the sporting atmosphere on campus. Although the facility itself is very comfortable and welcoming for any sport, with seating that puts you right close to the action, the basketball atmosphere at Maine is average for the NCAA.

There are certain students who begin with the chants in the student section and are very into the game, while others are there to enjoy a campus activity and remain silent. If you are looking for a relaxing Division I America East basketball game, Maine is very comfortable and fun. If you are looking for a bigger Division I school feel to a basketball game, you won't find that at UMaine.

Neighborhood    2

The arena is located on the campus of UMaine, and there is nothing immediately surrounding the venue besides fraternity row, which is located directly across the street. Located about 10-12 minutes away is downtown Bangor, which is the largest and closest city to Orono, which has many restaurants and bars. The local favorites in the downtown area are Heroes, Paddy Murphy's Pub, and Sea Dog Brewery, which all serve delicious food as well as ice cold beer. Located in Orono is The Roost Pub and Wingery, Pat's Pizza, and the Bear Brew, which are all the center of UMaine off-campus nightlife and all great places to go before or after a game.

Fans    3

It is very clear that there are two different kinds of UMaine basketball fans. Many of your typical loud, boisterous, "chanting on opposing free throw" kind of fans are few and far between at Maine. Many of the local Black Bear fans are more conservative in their demeanor and come to enjoy a collegiate basketball game, with clapping, cheering, and conversation, which in its' own way, makes the experience very enjoyable. It's very obvious that Black Bear students love their teams, but the basketball fans simply do not carry the same team loyalty and spirit as other collegiate teams, or other UMaine sports like hockey.

Access    4

Access to the arena and campus is quite easy, coming in from both north and south lanes on College Ave, only a few miles off of 95. Parking is free and located right next to the arena, and once those lots are full, you are able to park anywhere on campus that you can find a spot.

Outbound traffic after a game is much slower than inbound traffic before a game due to the traffic lights at the end of College Ave going into Orono. Of course, the traffic from Alfond Arena can not be compared to that of inner city arenas post game, and comparably speaking, is much easier to deal with.

Inside the arena, accessibility is very open, with restrooms, food, and seating very easy to locate and access. For a smaller venue, one would think that congestion would set in during an event, but that is not the case at Alfond Arena.

Return on Investment    3

Pricing for a Black Bear basketball game are very affordable from tickets to concessions, and well worth the money that is spent. All in all, it's a much different kind of college basketball game than someone would see from a bigger Division I school, but ultimately quite an experience. Aside from watching a college basketball game, you get to experience the culture of a town which is built around the university that sits within it; a university which is very unique and different from the rest.

Extras    3

Alfond Arena features a center-hung scoreboard with a newly added video board on all four sides, showing replays, videos, and promotions throughout the game. The Alfond also hosts men's and women's ice hockey as well, taking roughly 2-2 1/2 hours to convert between both sports. The team store "Bear Necessities" is located just to the right as you enter through the front doors, which carries all kinds of UMaine apparel and gear. The arena is located on the west side of campus directly next to the football stadium, baseball stadium, softball field, and fieldhouse where Memorial Gymnasium stands, which is slated to be used as the Black Bears permanent home in 2013-2014.

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