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Official Review by Andy Villanueva, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
On the northwest side of Azusa Pacific University stands the Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center. Stressing “God First,” the setting during the day is simply breathtaking as you walk into a modern 3,500 seat arena that was opened in 2001. The Cougars began play in the NCAA Division II during the 2014-15 season. Prior to participating in the NCAA, APU competed in the NAIA where the men’s basketball team made 19 national tournament appearances and the women’s team won a National Championship in 2011.
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Sam's Subs concession stand serves sandwiches, chips, soda, gatorade and water. My recommendation is to allow yourself enough time to get food at one of the many eateries off campus. Pieology, Chick-fil-A, Country Chicken & Ribs BBQ, and Santana's Mexican Food are great alternatives before or after the game.
The small-time college feel makes it worth a trip to watch a basketball game at Azusa Pacific. Unless it is a non-conference game, both the men's and women's teams play back-to-back. When students are on campus the Felix Event Center can be loud and a difficult place to play. The arena has good sight lines throughout and all tickets are general admission. The lower-level seats are more like benches with backs on them. The upper-level seats are more stadium style. If it is a big event the black tarp is removed and seating is added.
The arena is located 25 miles east of Los Angeles, California. The campus is located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in a small-town community of Azusa and Glendora. It is safe whether you attend a game at day or night. Parking is substantial near the arena. You can arrive early and walk toward one of the many restaurants in the area.
The Cougars have some of the most loyal student sections in college basketball. During their rivalry with Cal Baptist, the APU student section can raise the decibel level to near deafening sound. The alums that come to the games are some of the most knowledgeable basketball fans in the area.
The arena is easy to get to. The nearest freeway is the Foothill Freeway (210) which runs from Pasadena all the way to San Bernardino. Once on the Foothill Freeway, you can exit the Citrus Avenue and head north. After passing the Azusa Pacific University main campus, the Citrus College entrance will be on the right, while Foothill Blvd is on the left. Make a left and the arena will be down on the right side prior to connecting to Historic Route 66.
Tickets are $12 and cover both the men's and women's basketball doubleheader during the PacWest Conference games. There is no charge for parking on campus for the game.
It is a beautiful area and you may want to get there early and head up to the mountains for a hike. Sometimes it is nice to be able to walk around the west side of the campus.
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