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Moby Arena

Fort Collins, CO

Home of the Colorado State Rams

3.9

3.4

Moby Arena (map it)
200 W Lake St
Fort Collins, CO 80523


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Year Opened: 1966

Capacity: 8,745

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Moby Maniacs

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.

3.9

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    3

The food and drink, which was minimalistic at best before, is much better now.

There are pretzels (with cheese for an extra fee), small and large Pepsi products, hot dogs and popcorn. But there is cheese and pepperoni pizzas, bratwurst, chicken and pork sandwiches, nachos and candy as well.

The bratwurst is good and worth its $5 price tag, and the new food selection makes Moby a better experience for fans.

Atmosphere    5

The atmosphere at "The Whale" has gone from OK to magnificent over the last few years.

With the Rams winning - making back-to-back NCAA Tournaments for the first time in over 20 years - fans all over Northern Colorado have returned to Moby, making it one of the best homecourt advantages in all of college basketball. To wit, from November 2011 - February 2013, the Rams won 27 straight home games; the amazing atmosphere certainly helps.

Overall, Moby's atmosphere is family friendly as fathers and daughters, mothers and sons can all be seen having a fun night out on the town with their Rams.

There's a good mix of students and families from Fort Collins, giving Moby Arena that "small town" feel.

Neighborhood    4

Moby Arena is located on the northwest corner of CSU's campus, close to many dorms and a unique shopping district.

Just across the street from Moby is the "Campus West" neighborhood that is full of a multitude of local shops, restaurants and bars.

If you're in a hurry, there are two mainstream fast food restaurants on the northwest and southwest corners of Shields and Elizabeth in Subway and Qdoba.

If you're looking for something more unique, 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 pre or postgame drinks, Road 34 always offers $1 Coors draught pints, CB & Potts has their five brews flowing and Mo Jeauxs' is a fun spot with 14 beers on tap. Also, Fuzzy's Tacos has become a favorite among fans before and after basketball games over the last year, so stop in and try one of their "beergaritas" while discussing your favorite team.

The great part about it is that all of these establishments are within a block of the stadium, just west on Elizabeth Street and within walking distance of the game.

Fans    4

Early on in seasons, the fans of CSU Basketball aren't an overwhelming mass, they sometimes only sprinkle the sidelines and seats throughout Moby. But, as the Rams started winning a majority of their games, the fans filled Moby Arena in the second half of seasons.

The student section, which was rarely filled in the past, has become the hottest ticket in town. Students even camped outside on a chilly Tuesday night to secure a ticket when No. 22 CSU hosted No. 16 New Mexico in February, 2013.

The student section has some cheering traditions, including complete silence during a CSU free throw and the entire arena stands until the first bucket is made. And this year, Ram Ruckus - a student organization - set out to "Bring the Ruckus" to every home game. They handed out t-shirts and created giant signs to help distract opposing shooters; it's further helped Moby become one of the toughest places for out-of-towners to win.

(When Volleyball plays, which is CSU's best sport, Moby is almost always packed and boasted the No. 2 most-attended stadium in the NCAA in 2010. Their all-time record largest crowd came in 2010, against Duke - there were 6,333 Moby Maniacs rooting on their Rams.)

Access    3

Moby is centrally located in Fort Collins, on the corner of Shields and Elizabeth Streets, making it easy to find and access from anywhere in town.

The large parking lot to the west of Moby accommodates hundreds of cars (it usually doesn't fill to capacity) and you can park there for only $5. Or, if free parking is more your style, continue north on Shields past the stadium for one block, turn east on Laurel Street and find a spot in the neighborhood for a few minute walk to Moby.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets for Colorado State basketball are very reasonable, at $12 for the cheapest seat, and the return is great.

Kids seats are discounted, parking is cheap (or free!) and an entire family can go to a Rams game for around $50, a great deal these days. Especially when you consider how well the Rams have played recently, and how much fun the games have been.

Extras    5

Each game, CSU pulls students from the crowd to compete in a free throw competition for prizes.

There's also a contest where one lucky fan goes onto the court and follows one ball as it is mixed around with two others. If they guess correctly, they win 20 free burritos from Qdoba for themselves and 19 friends.

Colorado State mascot Cam the Ram walks around the stands, and mingles with students and fans, while the school has included a variety of halftime acts to entertain supporters as well.

Final Thoughts

Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist. You can follow Rich on Twitteror Facebook.

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.

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