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Official Review by Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Trojan Arena is one of the most modern college basketball arenas in the country, as it opened in 2012. This has allowed it to include some of the most up-to-date technology available to enhance the fan experience. The 5,200-seat facility features chairback seating, seven upper-level suites and a Stadium Club for major donors.
The arena has made extensive use of LED technology throughout the basketball portion of the building. It has an LED ribbon board that encircles the entire arena and a pair of 767 square-foot LED video/scoreboards at each end of the court. These are the largest end-wall boards of their kind in an indoor facility in the country. In addition, the court level of the arena has eight sections of LED scoring tables, allowing it to promote the university, provide statistical information on the game and simultaneously coordinate cheers with the band/cheerleading squads.
The exterior of the facility is designed to match the architecture of the surrounding campus, and it does this flawlessly. Fans enter through a three-tiered rotunda, with the concession areas located around an interior concourse, and a food court with specialty foods available. These are all unique features at a university of this size.
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Trojan Arena features four concession stands and a food court, something not usually found at an arena of this size. Just like everything else in this very modern facility, the information on the menu is provided in a digital format. Another thing that you can say about the concession pricing is that you will leave with change in your pocket, even if it is a penny. Items sold at the concession stands include hot dogs ($1.99), chicken sandwiches ($3.99), nachos ($3.99), popcorn ($2.19), barbecue pork sandwiches ($2.99), peanuts ($3.99) and chips and candy ($1.19). Sodas are $1.99 and bottled water is $1.69.
The Trojans have quite a basketball heritage. During their days in Division II, they went to 10 NCAA tournaments under Coach Don Maestri. Coach Maestri coached at Troy for 29 years, winning 500 games at the school. During this period, Troy also led the country in three-point baskets, averaging 11 per game as a team.
Troy has paired this tremendous basketball heritage with a facility featuring the most up-to-date technology available to generate the feel of a professional arena for the citizens and students of Troy. In addition to the large video boards, the 360-degree video ribbon and on-floor graphics, Trojan Arena provides a great view of the action, whether you are courtside or on the back row. Even the seating is first-class, as it features a woven material with the Trojan logo embroidered into it. It is no surprise that leading stadium and arena designer Populous worked on this project.
Trojan Arena is impressive externally, as well, as it does not project the boxy gymnasium feel of many college sports facilities. The entryway into the building carries out the Trojan theme well through architecture of the rotunda and graphics of Trojan warriors. Instead of a dusty arrangement of trophies in a display, Troy has gone digital in saluting Trojan greats and their accomplishments through the Troy Sports Hall of Fame located just off the rotunda. This salute to success is also carried out in the inside of the playing arena, with the countless championship banners hanging from the rafters surrounding the court.
Trojan Arena is located on the beautiful Troy campus. Rather than standing out, the arena melds perfectly with the architecture permeating the remainder of the campus. Campus buildings are red brick with white-columned fronts, with many of the newer structures featuring a turret or rotunda-shaped roof at the main entrance. In between the buildings are large open quad areas with beautiful landscaping and statuaries.
Just outside of the campus is the small town (population 18,000) of Troy. It is a true college town, as the major employer in town is the university. You will also find many of the merchants in the downtown area cater to the needs of college students, with several fast food locations, bookstores and other service-oriented stores.
Among the restaurants close to campus, two stand out from the rest. The first is Sisters' Restaurant, and the second would have to be the Santa Fe Cattle Company, which has a much broader menu than steaks or Tex-Mex, which the name suggests. For adult beverages, head to Sips on the Square, where you will find the most varied selection of craft brews.
Most of the lodging in Troy is situated along US Highway 231, the major highway into Troy. Popular brands along hotel row include the Courtyard Marriott, the Hampton Inn and the Troy Best Western.
The Trojan Nation has come to expect a lot of the Troy basketball program due to its storied past, and many contributed to the construction of the Trojan Arena. The primary fan base comes from the student body, which can attend free of charge, due to the mandatory student activity fee all students enrolled at the university must pay. They situate themselves near the pep band, made up of members of Troy's fabled Sound of the South Band. Pair the students, the band and the video boards with cheer graphics, and you can create quite a din in the arena.
The basketball games draw well, especially when they are playing Sun Belt foes such as Georgia State, South Alabama or Georgia Southern. They also draw well when playing nearby Auburn University-Montgomery or Alabama State.
The directions for getting to Troy are quite simple. From Montgomery, you would take Highway 231 South for 40 miles, which will bring you straight into Troy. Once in Troy, simply follow the campus directional signs to Trojan Arena. There is no parking situated directly adjacent to the arena, but staff will be on hand on game nights to direct you to the nearest public lot.
Once you enter the arena, you will see that it is well designed to maintain a constant flow of fans without any bottlenecks. The concourses are quite wide and the concessions are well placed at each corner of the facility.
The return on investment from a visit to Trojan Arena is excellent. General admission seating is $10 and reserved seating is $15. Parking is free, and the concessions are very reasonably priced. Add to that the professional level amenities provided by the arena, and you have an entertaining evening that will not break the family budget.
The Troy Sports Hall of Fame is also in the Troy Arena. The latest in digital technology is also found in this area, as members are depicted in a digital format, much like the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Amongst the notables enshrined in this Hall of Fame are former Troy Head Coach/NFL Head Coach Chan Gailey, NFL players DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Reed, Lawrence Tynes and Osi Umenyiora. The Hall of Fame is adjacent to the rotunda.
The Trojan basketball team holds the NCAA record for most points ever scored in a game (258) in a 1992 game against DeVry.
Troy University has produced an excellent video about the Trojan Arena and all its amenities:
Member Review by Nathan on Mar 26, 2013
When it comes to college basketball, the Sun Belt Conference isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. If the Sun Belt basketball does come to mind at all, there’s a 98% chance one is thinking about the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, the 16th-winningest program in college basketball history.
However, there are good basketball experiences all around the Sun Belt. That is no different at Troy University. Troy basketball is built entirely on Don Maestri, who coached at the school from 1982-2013. He won 500 games at the school. From 2004-2006, Troy led all NCAA teams in 3-point field goals, making an average of 11 three-point shots per game. The Trojans own the NCAA records for most points scored in a game and highest-scoring game (both records in the Trojans’ 258-141 win over DeVry on January 12, 1992).
As college basketball continues to grow, so too is Troy basketball. In a modern era of large, technologically-advanced arenas, Troy left Sartain Hall (their home since 1962) to move to the brand new Trojan Arena in 2012. This new stadium supplies a comfortable home-court advantage for the Trojans.
Member Review by oldskoolberk on Feb 28, 2016
Trojan Arena is definitely one of the more upscale basketball places in the region and probably in the Sun Belt Conference. The building has that Troy Trojan feel inside and out and it really gives a great vibe for the area. If the Trojans put out a quality basketball program, the arena would be jumping as the game I went to, certainly wasn't that.
THE POSITIVES: The place is BEAUTIFUL, inside and out. The outside had the brick facade and the white columns to show it is in Troy. Everything in the venue is clean (including concourses and restrooms) and has just enough design to show it is Troy University. The rotunda is pretty neat, giving it a classic feel as well. The food selections aren't varied, but they are $5 and under. And they do serve beer at the place ($5) for just the basic Budweiser products. Seating is fine as you are close to the action anywhere. The scoreboard is crisp and clear and you have them on each baseline. Prices for souvenirs were very cheap and the time I went was Buy One Get One for shirts and at $15.
THE NEGATIVES: Troy is off the beaten path a bit. You are away from the interstate (either from Auburn/Opelika and Montgomery) and you have to take back roads. Getting on campus isn't very bad, but trying to get to the arena is not easy as it is a nice walking distance regardless. At least it is free. The food selections aren't varied, but you do have chili cheese dogs, chicken sandwiches, and Philly Cheesesteaks. That said, avoid the cheesesteak given the fact the cheese is nacho cheese and there wasn't much meat and the meat was bland. I'm not sure if the fan base was just ready for the season to end (Troy was in last place in the Sun Belt) and they lost big time, but fans were not in to the game (and there was zero students in the section). That said, they were friendly and respectful. But the place was really dead in terms of fans being involved.
13153 US Hwy. 231
Troy, AL 36831
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