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Official Review by Matt Trebby, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The Resch Center is home to four different teams, three of which are semi-professional (two are arena football and the other hockey). The list includes the Gamblers of the USHL, Blizzard of the IFL, and Chill of the LFL.
Its collegiate basketball team, the UW-Green Bay Phoenix, draws more fans than those other three, and also are probably the most consistently followed and supported team.
Opened in 2002, the Resch has always been home to the Phoenix. It holds 9,729 fans for basketball, and unfortunately attendance rarely gets up toward that number.
But, it’s tough to consistently support a Horizon League program unless you have some affiliation to the school or are just looking for a team to root for. During my most recent visit in Dec 2012, the opponent was Marquette, and the arena had one of its louder nights. I talked with some regulars, though, and that was a rare night. It’s a nice place to watch a game, but will not be blowing anyone away.
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Variety isn't necessarily something you're going to find here. The concession stands are very available throughout the arena. That is not an issue. What the issue is can be found in the generic variety of food.
Even on the Resch Center's website, they advertise their brats, pretzels, cheese curds, and pizza. This isn't a bad thing. I wouldn't go to a game at the Resch Center necessarily expecting a wide variety of food. Just don't get your hopes up because it's going to be exactly what you would expect from an arena in Green Bay.
The game I was there for was against Marquette, an in-state rivalry and as big a men's basketball program that will be playing at the Resch Center. UW-Green Bay was victorious in what was a big upset within the state, and the atmosphere was fantastic.
But, it isn't necessarily like that for every game. The Resch is not on the Phoenix's campus, so students don't necessarily pack the arena. A fair amount of the fans were also there to root for the Golden Eagles. Still, that place got rocking, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that it happens more than I think.
All of Green Bay's sports teams are located in the same area. Right across the street from the Resch is Lambeau Field, and right next to it is the Hutson Center, where the Packers practice.
There isn't really a bad neighborhood in Green Bay, and this is by no means one. With it being in Packer territory, there are plenty of options for pre and postgame meals within about a five or ten minute walk, and a few minutes of a drive. While it will not be as busy as before or after the Green and Gold play on Sundays, it still presents a nice selection of restaurants and bars.
The Resch was rocking the night I was there, obviously. Otherwise, there really isn't much to root for up in Green Bay outside of the Packers, so those who regularly attend Phoenix games are quite knowledgeable and very supportive.
The team is easy to like, with plenty of different styles and personalities. Fans get behind success, also. That always helps. After the victory against Marquette, UW-Green Bay was only 4-7, but they'll get better in the Horizon League so fans will likely continue to come to games.
The bottom line: you are very unlikely to encounter a fan you truly can't stand at the Resch Center.
Parking in a town like Green Bay is always going to be available. You can park at Lambeau Field, which is a simple walk across the street. That's what the arena's website suggests, and also what I would recommend doing.
It's simple, fairly priced, and also when you leave the game there is a pretty nice backdrop with one of the most storied and famous stadiums in the country.
It really depends on your reason for attending a game at the Resch Center. If you're going to a UW-Green Bay game because you're a fan, then you're probably going to enjoy it. But Green Bay is two hours north of Milwaukee, so not many people are going to go out of their way to attend a game there.
It's not the most modern arena and not much about it is going to blow you away, but still there really isn't anything that is necessarily wrong with it.
I really couldn't think of anything else. It's really close to Lambeau and there are a lot of Packer attractions like the team's museum, so if coming from out of town for a day, then consider making a trip to Lambeau.
For being in the area it is (Green Bay) and for being as far away from a large market as it is, the Resch Center is a nice arena.
If you're in the Green Bay area, though, I would recommend giving it a try. The on-court product will not be bad, and while the arena isn't the most state-of-the-art, the people are nice and the atmosphere is pretty good. If you're any more than two hours away from Green Bay, though, I don't know if I would recommend going to the Resch Center just to go.
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