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Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center

Richmond, VA

Home of the VCU Rams

3.9

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Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center (map it)
1200 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23284


VCU Rams website

Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center website

Year Opened: 1999

Capacity: 7,500

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With a basketball capacity of 7,500, the Siegel Center offers most of the amenities of a large college arena, but with the intimacy of the smaller college arenas.

The Rams have had a consistent succession of young and talented coaches to lead their teams. Jeff Capel, Anthony Grant, and Shaka Smart have guided the program since 2002. During this time, VCU has seen unprecedented success, including a trip to the Final Four in 2011.

3.9

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

The food is pretty much the basics. There are three concession stands. The Legacy Grill, the Hot Dog Nation and the Fast Break Café feature wraps, soups, salads, pretzels and candy.

There are also portable food carts featuring chicken tenders, chili cheese fries, corn dogs, ice cream scoops/sundaes, nachos, sandwiches, fruit bowls, Papa John's pizzas, burritos, and tacos.

Most of the food is in the $3 to $7 range. I liked the hot dogs the best. A large Pepsi will cost you $4.

Atmosphere    5

This venue is pretty good, but it is not an engineering marvel or anything unique. It is just a solid, functional arena that is the perfect size for VCU.

The arena will be pretty full for most games. The student section is a sea of gold located at the end of the court. The students are loud and are a factor in the game. The band is pretty colorful too and they do a pretty good job of adding to the overall experience.

The rest of the fans seem to feed off of the students and when things get exciting on the court they are on their feet making noise too. It can get very loud. It is one of the better atmospheres in the A-10 Conference.

The seating bowl gets most of the seats on the side with fewer seats closer to the corners and on the ends. As you get close to the corners on the sides the seats are not angled toward the court, so you have to turn a little in your seat or at least turn your head to see most of the action. There are no real bad seats though. You can see the action fine from the very last seat in the very last row.

There are few hundred club seats and a club/lounge located above the seating bowl. There is no center-hung score board. High above the seats at both ends of the court there are scoreboards and large video boards.

Neighborhood    5

The Siegel Center is located in Richmond surrounded by fast food restaurants and just a short distance from The Fan district, where fans can find a wide variety of food and drinking establishments.

F.W. Sullivan's is located on Main Street and runs food specials on weeknights. They have a bucket of crab legs which is pretty good. They also run all kinds of drink specials during the week.

Kuba Kuba on Park Avenue is known for its ethnic Cuban food. And of course I have to list at least one sports bar and Hometown Grill is a good one. Located on the corner of Main and Vine, they have happy hour each night from 4-7 pm and Tuesday night is burger night featuring ½ price burgers from 4-11 pm. Try the onion rings which could almost be a meal by itself.

Fans    5

VCU sells out most of their games and there is a lot of passion for the Rams. These fans come to get loud and support their Rams. The students, known as the Rowdy Rams, are just a sea of gold at the end of the court and they make their presence known. They are energized from start to finish.

Access    4

There is plenty of parking near the arena. Most of the parking is reserved for season ticket holders. There are a few parking lots in the area within a few blocks from the arena where parking runs around $5 per car. There also is plenty of free street parking that can be found all over the downtown area within six blocks after business hours. Street parking is your best bet. Fans will find that an early arrival will allow them to avoid some of the congestion around the arena closer to game time.

There are restrooms on the concourse, they are easy to find and clean. The restrooms will get crowded at peak times as you would expect in most college basketball arenas where attendance is near capacity.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets are $25 and throw in a hot dog and a large Pepsi, it will run you $33. Nothing outstanding, but an okay deal.

Extras    2

A star for being located in a great location with lots of things to do close by and a star because they sold out all their games in 2012-13.

Final Thoughts

Going to a Rams basketball game is quite different than going to an NBA game. The arena is a very good college basketball venue, with the fans right on top of the action. It is the perfect size to give every fan good sightlines resulting in a good view of the action. The passion of the fans will never let you forget you are at a college basketball game. This is a venue you should put on your college basketball tour.

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F.W. Sullivan’s  (map it!)

2401 W Main St

Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 308-8576

http://fwsullivans.com/

Kuba Kuba  (map it!)

1601 Park Ave

Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 355-8817

http://www.kubakuba.info/

Hometown Grill  (map it!)

1630 W Main St

Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 254-7360

http://www.hometeamgrill.com/

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