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Official Review by Matt Fiedler, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Walsh Gymnasium opened in 1939 on the campus of Seton Hall University. It is named for the Reverend Thomas J. Walsh, as is the university's main library. It is the current home of the Seton Hall women’s basketball team, as well as the volleyball team. The gymnasium seats 2,600, and formerly served as home to the men's basketball team until they moved into larger venues. Due to the small size of the facility, selected women's games are played at the nearby Prudential Center.
The gym is located inside the Richie Regan Recreation Center. This building houses Walsh Gym as well as the fitness center for the students on campus. Also located here is the natatorium that is home to the Seton Hall swimming and diving team.
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There is a small concession stand that serves some basic stadium food. There are hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, chips and candy. There are also Coca-Cola beverages and bottled water available for purchase. The prices at Walsh Gym are very affordable. Due to the gym's location on a college campus, alcohol is not sold here.
If you want some good food before the game, go into the village of South Orange, where there are many restaurants to choose from.
For a women's college basketball game, it is a solid atmosphere. The cheerleaders and dance team for Seton Hall are always top notch and they add to the experience. It is a very relaxed atmosphere at this gym. Rival fans are treated very well and there is generally no one giving them a hard time. The Seton Hall pep band also adds another fine element to compliment the game.
Walsh Gym is on the campus of Seton Hall University. The village of South Orange is relatively safe, but it borders the city of Newark. Fans looking for some dining options can go into the village, which is right down South Orange Ave. There are plenty of dining options and even a movie theatre.
There was not a large crowd on hand for this game, but the fans on hand were very enthusiastic. Recently, the Seton Hall women's team has been very good and has been nationally ranked. The fans are a mixture of alumni, students, and family of players on the team. The announcer provides good enthusiasm and it makes for a great experience.
Walsh Gym is fairly easy to find. Once inside the gates of Seton Hall, you just follow the road and it will be on your left. There are many lots so parking will be easy to find. There is also a train station in the village of South Orange. The campus of Seton Hall is about a 10-15 minute walk from the train station.
Ticket prices are reasonable. Adults are admitted for $10, and children and seniors can purchase tickets for $5. The women's team has really picked up its play lately, and has even broken the top 25. The 2015 team is almost certainly bound for the NCAA tournament. You will see great basketball for a very affordable price. You can either sit in the lower level which is benches, or you can sit in the seats in the balcony. Every seat provides a great view.
There are plenty of promotions and giveaways for fans. The history and tradition of Walsh Gym warrants an extra star in this case. The atmosphere and fans combine with the history to make a great college basketball experience.
Walsh Gym is a historic place to watch a basketball game. It used to be the home of the Seton Hall University men's basketball team as well. It is well worth a visit to see the great women's team as well as checking out a piece of history in a fine college town.
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