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Moby Arena

Fort Collins, CO

Home of the Colorado State Rams

3.4

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Moby Arena (map it)
951 West Plum St
Fort Collins, CO 80521


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Year Opened: 1966

Capacity: 8,745

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Moby Arena celebrated its 50th season in 2016 and is most known for being the home to Colorado State University’s basketball and volleyball teams. The teams are a part of the Mountain West Conference.

The men’s basketball team began play in the 1901-1902 season and the Rams have appeared in ten NCAA tournaments.

In the last 15+ years, three major renovations have upgraded Moby Arena to keep it from becoming obsolete compared to other contemporary arenas. In 2000-2001, the distinctive ram horns were incorporated into the brand new hardwood floor, and the $1 million video board was added in September, 2010. Most recently, the arena's north concourse was expanded and updated in August, 2012. The school added indoor ticket offices, new concession stands with improved food, a statue that greets guests, and the bathrooms were updated.

3.4

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

Adequate food options are available during a men's basketball game, though quite a few of the concession stands were closed at the game of this review. As attendance was minimal this game, lines did not form at the open concessions.

Burgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, and baskets w/fries ($4.00 - $10.00) are available for purchase. Snacks include pretzels, popcorn, candy, coffee, water, and Coca-Cola soft drinks ($3.00 - $6.00).

Alcohol is not served at Moby Arena. Light snacks and one water/soda can be brought into the venue.

If visiting from out of town, I'd recommend having just a snack or skipping the food at the arena and enjoy one of the many restaurants and eateries in Fort Collins.

Atmosphere    3

Moby Arena is a suitable facility in which to watch a basketball game. Most impressive is the ram horn patterns coiled like a rope that are incorporated into the floor design as well as in the arena corners and court entrances.

Seating on the side lines and the first level behind the baskets are comfortable green fold down chairs; the second level behind the baskets are green padded bleachers. The seating in the second level is steep providing a clear court view; hand banisters are in place for those uneasy on their feet or afraid of heights. Section O, center court and facing the benches, may be your best bet but not the most affordable.

A center hung video scoreboard shows the basic scores. More detailed game day stats are displayed on flat screens located on the ends of the court.

An object that has a rams head and glittering lights hangs from the ceiling behind one basket. I don't know if it has any purpose (I couldn't figure it out) but it looks like it belongs in the Freemont Street area of Las Vegas with its sparkling lights.

The PA announcer calls the game in a clear unobtrusive manner and he is quite understandable.

A pep band is on the home side of the court next to the student section and plays numerous songs throughout the match to try to rile up the Rams fans and create a more festive environment.

Neighborhood    5

Fort Collins is a lively, bustling town with plenty to see, eat, and drink; the neighborhood surrounding the venue is safe to walk. It is a fabulous town to visit and spend some time.

Across the street from Moby Arena is the Campus West neighborhood that is full of local shops, restaurants and bars. In this neighborhood, try CB & Potts Restaurant and Brewery, Hot Wok Cafe or Road 34. Hot Wok offers reasonable priced Chinese cuisine, Road 34 has wonderful sandwiches and homemade potato chips while CB & Potts has American fare (including great burgers!).

For sites to visit be sure the check out Old Town Fort Collins which is on the National Register of Historic Places. A variety of restaurants, shops, cafes, boutiques line this historic neighborhood. It is said that Disneyland's Main Street USA is modeled after Old Town Fort Collins. If it's a nice day, take one of several historic walking tours of the town.

Fort Collins is a hotbed of craft breweries having up to 20 in the area. The three most popular are Odell Brewing, New Belgium, and Fort Collins Brewery but I'd recommend checking out some of the smaller ones such as Funkwerks or Horse & Dragon Brewery if you're a brewhead. Anheuser-Busch offers amazing tours at their location in Fort Collins which is also home to the Budweiser Clydesdales west coast team.

For places to stay when visiting Moby Arena, the closest hotel is a Best Western about a mile's walk. A Hilton Inn is just over a mile's walk from the arena. A few B&B places are available in Old Town. Quite a few hotels are available at the I-25 interstate about five miles away and include LaQuinta Inn, Comfort Inn, and the like.

Fans    3

I have heard the fans can really make Moby Arena a very intimidating environment, especially when there's a big student presence. This was not the case on the day of this review in early 2016. Attendance is averaging around 3,000 a game which is at least 2,000 short of the attendance just a few years ago.

Ram Ruckus is the official student spirit group of Colorado State. Its intent is to gather as many students as possible and, well... make a ruckus at any CSU sporting event.

The students that do attend stand much of the game and all fans stand for the first minute of play. The pep band helps in part to keep the energy up in the arena. And the fans certainly let the refs know when a bad call is made.

Access    4

Driving to Moby Arena is relatively easy as it is west of Interstate 25, exit 269B, travel a little less than five miles then make a left on W Plum St. The arena will be on your left in two blocks. From Denver, CO it is about a 1 ½ hour drive; from Cheyenne, WY it is a little less than an hour's drive.

The closest major airport is Denver International Airport - DIA (about 70 miles away), Cheyenne has a regional airport Cheyenne Regional Airport - CYS (about 50 miles away) with limited flights.

Fort Collins does provide an elaborate bus transportation system. The CSU Transit Center seems to be the more popular stop on the bus system, only .4 miles from Moby Arena; I did notice a bus stop right outside the facility. It appears no Sunday bus services are available.

Parking lots surround the arena but it costs $10 to park which seems high to me as two hours down the interstate is the AFA basketball team and 20 min to Loveland is the minor league hockey Colorado Eagles both where no parking fees are charged. To find free parking, go north on Shields St past the stadium for one block, turn east (right) on Laurel Street and find a spot in the neighborhood for a few minute walk to Moby Arena.

Getting into and around the arena and concourse is easy. The box office is inside so no worries about standing outside in cold Colorado weather to obtain tickets. Getting through security is painless so long as the standard prohibited items are not present.

Return on Investment    3

Ticket prices range from $10 for general admission up to $40 for court side. I'd recommend getting the $10 or $16 seat and then moving to an empty seat after the game starts. A free program is handed out upon entry to the venue. Concession prices seem about average for an arena like this one. Parking price is high but there are free spots a few blocks away.

Extras    3

Colorado State has continued to upgrade and maintain Moby Arena throughout its 50 years so that it can easily last several more decades and continue to host basketball, volleyball and other ceremonies and events.

The Colorado State Sports Hall of Fame is located in Moby Arena. Memorabilia, plaques, and artifacts honoring Colorado State athletic alumni are displayed and this is worth strolling through.

The city of Fort Collins is a great town to tour and visit and spend a weekend.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, the fans will start filling Moby Arena for basketball games as they have done in the past. It is certainly in an enjoyable town and is a fine well-kept facility.

BYU basketball in 1970

In February of 1970 BYU came to Moby for a basketball game. I went to watch the
BYU cheer leaders because we were unlikely to win the game and at that time they were spectacular. BYU and the Mormons were under a great deal of pressure by the black students because of discrimination of African Americans in the Mormon Priesthood. There had recently been a protest in Laramie and BYU had been uninivited by the administration to attend any athletic events at Stanford. There were fights between black "students" and Fort Collins Police, not the campus cops, before the game. During the game there was a demonstration, during which a lighted molotov cocktail was thrown on the court. The game was delayed for a long tense period but was eventually completed , I believe. I think CSU lost but the game was not the memorable event

by veterinario | Dec 17, 2010 03:08 PM

RE: BYU basketball in 1970

Veterinario,

Wow, this is an AMAZING story!

I know there were protests and demonstrations on CSU's campus in the 70s (the students burned down Old Main, the oldest building on campus in a Vietnam protest in 1970) but I had never heard of this!

Thank you very much for your comment, a great bit of history added onto the review.

Cheers

by richkurt | Dec 20, 2010 05:55 AM

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A Whale of a Good Time

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 1
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 5

Moby Arena, originally constructed in 1966, has hosted Colorado State sporting events for more than 45 years.

The stadium has hosted men's basketball since its construction, women's basketball since 1974 and volleyball crowds have ranked nationally as some of the largest for decades.

The exterior, designed to look like a whale, has smooth flowing lines that contrast well with the jagged Rocky Mountains in the background.

Moby is quaint; it has a small town feel and is definitely old school.

When walking up to the main entrance on the north side of the building, the glass facade gives fans a glimpse into the arena concourse. The concourse is tiny, as one can see from one side to the other and there are bathrooms and concession stands on either side.

In the middle, next to the ticket office, a scoreboard hangs from the ceiling and updates fans of scores as they arrive.

Once inside the seating area, the visually interesting ram horns that span the hardwood, and the ones rolling their way up the four corners of the arena add a bit of uniqueness to Moby.

In the last 10 years there have been two major renovations that have upgraded Moby and kept it from becoming obsolete compared to other contemporary arenas. In 2000-2001, the distinctive ram horns were incorporated into the brand new hardwood floor, and the $1 million video board was added in September 2010.

Moby Maniacs

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 5

Moby Arena, originally constructed in 1966, has hosted Colorado State sporting events for more than 45 years.

The stadium has hosted men's basketball since its construction, women's basketball since 1974 and volleyball crowds have ranked nationally as some of the largest for decades.

The exterior, designed to look like a whale, has smooth flowing lines that contrast well with the jagged Rocky Mountains in the background.

Moby is quaint; it has a small town feel and is definitely old school. But that history also makes it unique.

When walking up to the main entrance on the north side of the building, the glass facade invites fans in for a night of fun.

Once inside the seating area, the visually interesting ram horns that span the hardwood, and the ones rolling their way up the four corners of the arena add a bit of uniqueness to Moby.

In the last 10 years there have been three major renovations that have upgraded Moby and kept it from becoming obsolete compared to other contemporary arenas. In 2000-2001, the distinctive ram horns were incorporated into the brand new hardwood floor, and the $1 million video board was added in September 2010. Most recently, the arena's north concourse was expanded and updated in August, 2012. The school added indoor ticket offices, new concession stands with much improved food, a statue that greets guests and they even updated the bathrooms.

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