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Stroh Center

Bowling Green, OH

Home of the Bowling Green Falcons



Stroh Center (map it)
1535 E Wooster St
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Bowling Green Falcons website

Stroh Center website

Year Opened: 2011

Capacity: 4,700

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The Bill Frack Challenge at the Stroh Center

Great culture in sports is an energy that needs contributions from a few inspired people to begin development of something special. The Stroh Center is a great example of what small programs can do while building an excellent environment on game day. The Stroh Center is making moves to become one of the prominent facilities in college basketball. The structure was built in 2011 and was backed by a generous donation from Kermit Stroh, a trustee, for $7.7 million. The facility contains a clever design and is beautifully constructed on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

The Bill Frack Challenge is named in honor of the greatest fan the Falcons basketball program has ever seen. His total contributions to the program total $20 million and everything is in support of building a better program and making the Stroh Center a premier facility.

After the passing of Bill Frack in May 2014, the program decided to create the challenge to commit to attracting one major program to come play a game at the Stroh Center each year. Hearing about this idea and the passion the fans have for this man will be the highlight of your trip. It’s refreshing to walk into an environment where major strides are being taken to better the image of the program and escape the clutches of the small town label.


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    2

The variety is solid for an arena of this size, but the food will provide a mid-game stomach ache if you're not careful and everything is overpriced. A 24 oz. Coca-Cola product will cost $4.50 and all of the food options are anywhere from $4 - $7. Stick to the popcorn and focus on enjoying the game. There are much better options in downtown Bowling Green for after the game.

Atmosphere    3

The arena is so intimate that the noise really gets going once the Falcons start shooting the ball well. The crowd creates an energy that grows louder as the second half winds to a close, especially if there's a big opponent in town or it's a key conference game. With so little seating, nearly everybody gets an appearance on the big screen. The video board is one of the first things you'll notice because of its great location above the student section and the immediate impact it has beginning with the opening video (a great use of "Centuries" by Fall Out Boy to pump up the crowd).

Just walking around the facility will provide more insight into the environment that is being created. The program has been around since 1915, but a new identity is growing with every game played at the Stroh Center. If you get the chance, make sure to check out the beautiful practice court located inside the Stroh Center on the east side. Security is scarce and will give you free roam to take pictures and explore the arena. Also be sure to get to the game before tipoff because the pregame is a collective effort for the fans, players, and coaches.

Neighborhood    3

Bowling Green, Ohio offers some great places to hang out before or after the game but the neighborhood itself is not very expansive. The campus is detached from the downtown area and there is not much more after that. If you do decide to spend some time downtown, all of the students will tell you to eat at Pollyeyes for some breadsticks stuffed with your choice of roast beef, chicken or pepperoni and cheese. This is the right decision. Other favorites from students and alumni include Myles for pizza or Mr. Spots for waffle fries.

If you are a slight beer snob and/or foodie, then a good option for you is Reverend's on Wooster. They have a fantastic beer selection, and tasty food ranging from burgers, sandwiches, and southwestern fare. The Buffalo chicken tacos are fantastic, as is the pork burrito.

Like many MAC schools, the campus is worth checking out, but you're not missing much if you decide to skip this part of the trip. The Stroh Center and Doyt Perry Stadium are the best attractions of the city, but being located a mile from the restaurants take away from the small town college feel that is offered by other universities in Ohio.

Fans    2

The students need to support their basketball program in order to justify the generous donations of Bill Frack and Kermit Stroh. The fans, especially the students, are the major disappointment when it comes to atmosphere at the Stroh Center. Major programs are drawn by loud student sections and large amounts of support. If the fans can work on selling out the Stroh Center, then the possibilities are endless for what they can do for the program.

If you get to talking with some alumni, they will tell you all about Kermit and Bill and all they have done for the university. The fans are so proud of the contributions made by these men and the belief they have in their favorite team. Everybody is still mourning the loss of Bill Frack, who could be found at every game, but they know his legacy lives on with the annual Bill Frack Challenge.

Access    4

The campus of Bowling Green State University is located just off of Interstate 75. The entire campus is located off of Wooster Street. It starts at the arena and continues through the campus and into downtown.

Parking for the Stroh Center is $5 for regular and $10 for preferred. The arena is extremely spacious and has a lot of room in the concourse. Lines for restrooms and concessions are only relevant during halftime.

Return on Investment    3

Any seat in the Stroh Center will cost you just under $20. You will be surprised how close to the floor you can get even if you arrive a couple hours before the game. The staff consists entirely of students that love to work for the university. They will happily share all of the knowledge they have about the history of the program and everything that went into making the Stroh Center a reality.

Extras    3

The entertainment during timeouts is very well orchestrated and keeps interest in the action at all times.

The falcon statue outside the arena is fantastic with a great caption - "Forward Falcons."

There is a cool setup in the entryway with a meeting area for boosters and some memorabilia from past seasons.

Final Thoughts

Being in the Stroh Center for the Bill Frack Challenge made the experience. Learning about the history, culture and all of these attempts to become more relevant in the college basketball landscape makes a journey worth the price of admission. But, if you're only looking for big time college basketball experiences, this may not be the spot for you. Check back to see if the program and its fans continue to progress.

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Crowd Reviews

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Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

The Stroh Center opened in September of 2011, in the sports complex area of the campus of Bowling Green State University, near the football team's Doyt L Perry Stadium. The Falcons haven't made the NCAA tournament since Bill Fitch was the head coach, way back in 1968. The hope is that the new $30 million arena with seating for just under 5,000 will help change those fortunes as the Falcons look to return to relevance in the Mid-American Conference. The venue will also be one of the host facilities for the 2012 NCAA Women's 1st and 2nd round Tournament games.

Very nice MAC venue

Total Score: 2.86

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

Came here for a Ball State game in February of 2016. I came away very impressed by its layout and intimacy. It was a change of pace for what I'm used to in Worthen Arena (11,500 cap). Everything was clean and the workers seemed pleasant. However, some of the seats in the corners had an odd layout and the white walls made the arena seem incomplete. Nevertheless, I would recommend a trip to the Stroh if you get the chance.

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