In 1960, Bowling Green State University was introduced to its brand new sports arena. The arena was named Anderson Arena, after former BGSU coach and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Harold Anderson. BGSU Men’s basketball won their first game ever played at the arena, defeating Buffalo 73-63. The arena has since seen tons of action since its doors opened in 1960. Some of this action includes a 1983 BGSU loss in the Men’s Basketball MAC championship to Ohio University, three first round Women’s Basketball tournament games, and NBA Hall of Fame member Nate Thurmond tear up opponents during his playing days.
The beloved arena that once held both men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and gymnastics was re-purposed in 2011, after the university got a new basketball arena known as the Stroh Center. 2020 Marks 60 years since the opening of Anderson Arena. The arena no longer houses basketball or volleyball, but gymnastics still takes place in the building, and Army ROTC members have meetings and train in the facility. The atmosphere of the building may have changed, but the memories of the beloved arena will never die.