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Official Review by Geoff Crawley, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Baltimore’s Reitz Arena is home to the Loyola University Greyhounds. This small Jesuit school has less than 7,000 students that call it home. It is the ninth-oldest Jesuit university in the country. It is far better known for its lacrosse teams than its men’s and women’s basketball teams, which play in Reitz Arena. I’m thinking they were using the term "arena" loosely, as Reitz is way too small to be called an arena. I guess it sounds better than Reitz Gym, though.
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Let’s see, you’ve got your hot dogs, your pretzels, nachos, candy, and bottled sodas. Oh, and popcorn. Did I mention the hot dogs? I did? Oh, well, I guess that’s it, then. Pricing is good.
I’m really trying here. But there’s just nothing going on here. At all. The arena only holds about 2000 in all bleacher style seating, which could work to its advantage under different circumstances. But there is simply no juice here. Nothing. The students are clearly focused on their education, which is an absolutely wonderful thing. It just doesn’t help the atmosphere for sporting events. Except, apparently lacrosse, which — while terrific — does not help here.
Reitz is located on-campus, but at the edge of the campus. However, the campus is smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood, thus, there’s nothing to do. There’s a Starbucks under the arena. But, if you are willing to drive a couple of miles, you will come across Miss Shirley’s, which was rated by The Food Network (!) as "the best breakfast in Maryland." I took offense to this, because there are Waffle Houses in Maryland. But one look at this place tells you that you are simply not in Kansas anymore. Any place with Deviled Eggs and Fried Green Tomatoes on the menu is worth a stop. Come early, because the line will be out the door. It is only open for breakfast and lunch.
So, there were not a lot of fans there, and the ones that were there were just kinda, well, there. The only reason this is a one-star is for the big props to the father teaching his 4-year-old daughter about the game there. It could easily have been a zero.
Reitz Arena is easy to find with a GPS. Come early as the approximately 6 parking spaces fill up fast. Fortunately, there is ample parking on the street. The bathrooms are actually outside of the gym; you have to get your hand stamped for re-entry to go to the bathroom: kinda like a nightclub, only far less fun.
Here, it isn’t that the tickets and extremely limited food choices are overpriced, it’s just that it really isn’t worth it anyway.
You cannot be serious.
Reitz Arena gives new meaning to the expression "bare-bones." I’d say come for Miss Shirley’s but there are other locations, and you don’t need to come to this place. If you are a Loyola student, well, let’s face it, you’ve probably stopped reading by now, but if you are, it’s fine, I guess. I’m thinking you didn’t go to Loyola for the basketball.
Member Review by Josh Greene on Feb 12, 2013
I loved it here. If I could give them a 10 on everything I would.
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