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SECU Arena

Towson, MD

Home of the Towson Tigers

3.0

2.9

SECU Arena (map it)
Auburn Dr
Towson, MD 21252


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Year Opened: 2013

Capacity: 5,200

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Towson University is the second-largest public university in the State of Maryland. Located just north of Baltimore, it is home to approximately 21,000 college students, of which 18,000 are undergraduates.

Their football team played for the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision National Championship, falling short to North Dakota State. The basketball team has also had scattered success over the years, most notably in the early 1990’s under coach Terry Truax, with guards Kurk Lee and Devin Boyd in the old East Coast Conference. The Truax-led teams made it to two straight NCAA tournaments in 1990 and 1991.

They are currently one of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). In 2014, they played in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, and in 2016 played as part of the postseason Vegas 16 Tournament.

Towson is also known for their impressive gymnastics program. They have been the 1968 AIAW Division II National Champions, 1995 and 1998 USA Gymnastics NIT Champions, 3-time Calloway Invitational Champions, 15-time ECAC Champions and 2007 USA Gymnastics National Champions.

Towson has really stepped up recently in all sports with their athletic program. A major step forward was moving out of the depressing Towson Center and into shiny new SECU Arena in 2013.

I personally have many great memories of the Towson Center, as I worked there for a few years while during college. It certainly had personality, but frankly it was not a well-designed facility, and was showing its age dramatically. During the last year of operation, one of the bleacher sections would not even fully expand.

Towson Center is still technically around, as the new arena and the old building are merged together, with locker rooms inside the old building. There is still much speculation on what the university will do with the old arena section of the Towson Center. It seems to be used mainly as a practice gym currently.

3.0

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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    2

The SECU Arena really has subpar food offerings. There are couple concession stands offering no real variety. The concourse is open and has plenty of space for additional offerings, if they so wished. Some non-food vendors were there at the game I attended, giving out pens and other tchotchkes.

Prices are okay, but not great, with $4 for a hot dog and $3 for a Pepsi. Pretzels are $4.25, nachos $4.25 and popcorn $3.25. Gatorade is $3.50.

Bill Bateman's has opened a small food stand and beer garden in the top level in what was formerly the Tiger Club private suite. There are some wing options here, as well as it being the one place you can enjoy beer in the arena. I like the view from this area, as well

Atmosphere    3

The lowered seating bowl of SECU Arena makes the sound seem to pop here. It can be pretty loud. It may take time, but this place can be a loud arena. The stands surround the court with an upper concourse along three of the four sides.

The Towson pep band also provides some of its own atmosphere and adds to the loudness of the facility. The design is a classic basketball pit design, so even the lightest crowd noise echoes and rumbles.

The upper concourse section seems underused for many games. It would make you wonder if these seats, if fully utilized, would make this place even louder and provide a better atmosphere.

Neighborhood    3

Besides Johnny Unitas Stadium and the old Towson Center Arena, there is nothing right by the arena. You can walk to Bill Bateman's Bistro at the corner of York and Cross Campus Boulevard.

Even though you may have to drive for other places, Towson is a semi-urban environment with a very large shopping mall and numerous restaurants in the area. Try the Charles Village Pub in the heart of downtown Towson for good food and drinks. Some other great options are Glory Days Grill, Sushi Hana and Zia's.

Baltimore is also a quick drive away. Check out the Federal Hill neighborhood, south of the Inner Harbor. There are a few fun restaurants and bars here. Abbey Burger Bistro is one great choice. The beer selection is good, and they offer a dizzying array of burger choices, which are all likely to satisfy.

Fans    3

For many years, Towson was known as a commuter school. But in the last couple decades, there has been an increase in residence students. Students are starting to come to games in larger numbers helped by a free convenient shuttle to games. The consistent quality of play is also helping the attendance.

SECU Arena, as well as neighboring Johnny Unitas Stadium, is located at the far south end of the campus, not near any of the residence halls, so it will take more years and increased awareness to get student attendance to a larger number. Luckily, SECU Arena is a much more inviting place to go to a game than the older facility was.

Access    4

Towson is located right off the Baltimore Beltway/I-695. The only negative is that Towson is a maze of roads getting to the Osler and Auburn location of the sports complexes.

Parking is free and plentiful, although the closest lots are reserved for those buying season passes.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets start at a decent $15 for the upper concourse, but it may be worth the extra couple of bucks for end zone tickets in the concourse section.

Extras    3

The Towson Dance Team is nationally recognized and provides great entertainment during games. In addition, Doc the Tiger is a good mascot, providing entertainment for all ages.

Stop at the Tiger statue outside of the arena during pregame, as it is a great meeting spot.

If you get a chance, one should stop into the old Towson Center to see how much better the new facility is than the one they left.

Final Thoughts

SECU Arena is a very nicely designed arena for a mid-major basketball program. If the crowd were to come support the team a bit more the building could be an intimidating place for opponents to play.

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Crowd Reviews

Tail of the Towson Tigers

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

Towson University is the second largest public university in the state of Maryland. Located just north of Baltimore, it is home to approximately 21,000 college students, 18,000 which are undergraduates.

Their football team has just recently played for the 2013 FCS National Championship, falling short to North Dakota State. The basketball team has also had scattered success over the years, most notably in the early 1990’s under Coach Terry Truax with guard Kurk Lee in the old East Coast Conference.

Current coach Pat Skerry has this team moving in the right directions as they are currently one of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). A post season trip looks likely for years to come, especially with so many new post season tournaments in college basketball.

Another step forward for the program was moving out of the depressing Towson Center and into the shiny new SECU Arena.

I have many great memories of the Towson Center as I worked there for a few years while during college. It certainly had personality, but frankly it was not a well-designed facility and it was showing its age dramatically. During the last year of operation one of the bleacher sections would not even fully expand.

Towson Center is still technically around as the new arena and the old building are merged together, with locker rooms inside the old building. I would assume the old arena section will be reused in some way in the future.

Tail of the Towson Tigers

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

Towson University is the second-largest public university in the State of Maryland. Located just north of Baltimore, it is home to approximately 21,000 college students, of which 18,000 are undergraduates.

Their football team recently played for the Football Championship Subdivision National Championship, falling short to North Dakota State. The basketball team has also had scattered success over the years, most notably in the early 1990’s under coach Terry Truax, with guards Kurk Lee and Devin Boyd in the old East Coast Conference. The Truax-led teams made it to two straight NCAA tournaments in 1990 and 1991.

Current coach Pat Skerry has this team moving in the right direction, as they are currently one of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). A postseason trip looks likely for years to come, especially with so many new tournaments in college basketball. In 2014, they played in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, losing to Murray State in the quarterfinals.

Towson is also known for their impressive gymnastics program. They have been the 1968 AIAW Division II National Champions, 1995 and 1998 USA Gymnastics NIT Champions, 3-time Calloway Invitational Champions, 15-time ECAC Champions and 2007 USA Gymnastics National Champions.

Towson has really stepped up recently in all sports with their athletic program. A major step forward was moving out of the depressing Towson Center and into shiny new SECU Arena in 2013.

I personally have many great memories of the Towson Center, as I worked there for a few years while during college. It certainly had personality, but frankly it was not a well-designed facility, and was showing its age dramatically. During the last year of operation, one of the bleacher sections would not even fully expand.

Towson Center is still technically around, as the new arena and the old building are merged together, with locker rooms inside the old building. There is still much speculation of what the university will do with the old arena section of the Towson Center.

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Charles Village Pub  (map it!)

19 W Pennsylvania Ave

Towson, MD 21204

(410) 821-8155

http://www.cvptowson.com/

Bill Bateman’s Bistro  (map it!)

7800 York Rd

Towson, MD 21204

(410) 296-2737

http://www.billbateman.com/

Zia's  (map it!)

13 Allegheny Ave

Towson, MD 21204

(410) 296-0799

http://www.ziascafe.com/

Glory Days Grill  (map it!)

1220 E Joppa Rd

Towson, MD 21286

(443) 901-0270

https://www.glorydaysgrill.com/locations/maryland/towson/

Sushi Hana  (map it!)

6 E Pennsylvania Ave

Towson, MD 21286

(410) 823-0372

http://www.sushihanabaltimore.com/

The Abbey Burger Bistro  (map it!)

1041 Marshall St

Baltimore, MD 21230

(443) 453-9698

http://www.abbeyburgerfellspoint.com/

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