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Trojan Arena

Troy, AL

Home of the Troy Trojans

3.1

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Trojan Arena (map it)
601 University Ave
Troy, AL 36082


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Year Opened: 2010

Capacity: 6,000

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Troy's Trojan Arena

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.

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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    3

Trojan Arena concessions are just like the concessions everywhere else. It's decent food at an average price that should be enough to tide you over if you're hungry at any point before or during the game.

Atmosphere    4

Trojan Arena will definitely give you a sense of Troy's tradition. The Troy Sports Hall of Fame exhibits some of the best athletes/coaches ever at Troy University, such as football coach Larry Blakeney, basketball coach Don Maestri and football stars like Demarcus Ware. It won't be too long before they are joined by the likes of Osi Umenyiora, Jerrel Jernigan and Leodis McKelvin.

The beauty of this arena can only be expressed in the pictures above. It's not very large, but it is very technologically advanced and the architecture is wonderful. This $40 million arena creates a great atmosphere for anyone visiting. Troy takes a lot of pride in this arena, and well they should.

Neighborhood    3

This arena is located on campus, so there is no reason to be worried about the stadium's surroundings. It is near the edge of campus, but there is nothing wrong with the neighborhood/campus. Troy has a pretty good campus, and the town itself, while it won't wow you, isn't exactly bad. As a college town, there are plenty of places to eat that you can find in any college town: Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, Zaxby's, etc.

Fans    2

This was a very disappointing aspect of this arena. The fans in attendance got louder and louder as the game went on. Troy fans care about their team. The problem is, there aren't many of them. The arena was half-empty, if that, for a Saturday night game. Yes, it was cold outside, but basketball is an indoor sport. The fans in attendance did what they could to help the Trojans win, but there's strength in numbers, and the numbers weren't too impressive. Worst of all, I'm not sure if there was a student section, but if there was, there were about 15 people in it. The students didn't really show up at all.

Access    4

Getting to Troy's campus is fairly easy, and there is plenty of parking available. Unfortunately, parking next to the arena isn't really possible, so no matter where you park, you will have to do some walking. But no matter how late you show up, you should find a parking space reasonably close to the stadium.

Return on Investment    3

You get what you pay for. You get some pretty quality basketball. The game I attended in spring, 2013 nearly ended with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, but it rolled out of the rim. Troy has a habit of finding themselves in really tight games, so if you go to a game at Trojan Arena, you could have a thriller on your hands.

Extras    3

The Troy Sports Hall of Fame is definitely a unique feature of this arena. So is the Trojan statue and the banners that read the qualities of Trojans; things such as "courage" and "determination" and the like. There are two relatively large LED screens in the arena, as well as other LED screens, lights, etc. throughout the arena. The arena was featured in LED Magazine for its use of such state-of-the-art technology.

Final Thoughts

Troy basketball has a beautiful arena. If the performance on the court improves, the fans will surely begin to fill the arena up. Thanks to Trojan Arena, this program has tremendous potential.

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