Moby Arena

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Moby Arena
Moby
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Full name Auditorium-Gymnasium
Former names Moby Gymnasium (1966–1986)
Location 951 West Plum Street
Fort Collins, CO 80523 USA
Owner Colorado State University
Operator Colorado State University
Capacity 8,745
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Broke ground 1964
Opened January 27, 1966
Construction cost Bunts and Kelsey, Architects
Tenants
Colorado State Rams (Volleyball and Basketball)

Moby Arena is an 8,745-seat basketball arena in Fort Collins, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The arena, officially known as the Colorado State Auditorium-Gymnasium, was opened on January 27, 1966, with a victory over New Mexico State.[1] The arena was built to replace South College Gymnasium, which was built in 1926 and seated 1,500 people.[2]

Design and name

On the outside, the arena is a rounded rectangle over the indented lower level, with a hump-shaped roof arcing over the long sides of the building. Inside, the seating is much higher on the sidelines than in the endzones. However, the most recognizable features of the arena are the corner walls which divide the sidelines from the end zones, and feature large ram's horn patterns on each one, radiating out from the near corners. The basketball court floor also features the ram's horns pattern, created with the use of two different colors of hardwood (the horns use the darker shade). A video scoreboard hangs from the center of the rafters, and is surrounded by banners as well as retractable basketball hoops for use during practice. Two auxiliary scoreboards are located on opposite corner walls (to the right when standing on either sideline).

The arena was originally intended to be called the Auditorium-Gymnasium during construction, and the building is still listed as such on state records. However, an article in the Colorado State Collegian mentioned the hump-shaped building looking like a beached whale. From that, the gymnasium was nicknamed "Moby Gymnasium" for Moby Dick, the white whale of Herman Mellville's classic story. Athletic director Oval Jaynes renamed the gymnasium "Moby Arena" during his tenure in the late 1980s.[2]

Uses

The arena is home to the Colorado State University Rams basketball and volleyball teams. In 1967, it hosted two first-round games for the West and Midwest regions, for that year's Men's Basketball Tournament. It also hosted the 1992 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament.

Moby Arena also hosts concerts. The Rolling Stones played the first show of their 1969 tour at the arena. Other artists to have played there are Frank Zappa, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Steve Miller Band, O.A.R., Dave Matthews Band, The Fray, Blind Melon, Set Forth, Gov't Mule and Ludacris. Lupe Fiasco, Three 6 Mafia, Guess Who, Beach Boys, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Jerry Jeff Walker, Van Halen, and Wilie Nelson and Tanya Tucker.

Parts of the 1977 film One on One were filmed in Moby Arena.[1]

Campus Crusade for Christ hosts its U.S. staff conference every other year at CSU; main sessions are held inside Moby Arena.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Facilities-Moby Arena". Colorado State Official Athletics Site. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b ""Courts, Gymnasiums and Arenas"". ColoradoAggies.com. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 

External links

  • Facilities - Moby Arena

Coordinates: 40°34′32.41″N 105°5′36.25″W / 40.5756694°N 105.0934028°W / 40.5756694; -105.0934028


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