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Tiger Arena: Restoring the Roar One Dunk at a Time

Now basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court

I like slam-dunks that take me to the hoop
My favorite play is the alley-oop

See my game consist of whole lotta…..
Moves you would think I learned from the Harlem Globetrotters

“Basketball”
Lil Bow Wow feat. Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous, and Fundisha

By Tyler New

By Tyler New

Since James Naismith created the game in 1891, basketball has become imbedded in the social fabric of the United States. Basketball is the third most popular high school sport for males and the second most popular high school sport for females in the U.S. as of 2010. It’s popular on the collegiate and professional levels, too—think about the coverage “March Madness” and the NBA finals receive.  Names like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Gary Neal are ubiquitous, and teams like the Harlem Globetrotters are known around the world. Considering the prominence of these names and events—and, of course, the popularity of Lil’ Bow Wow’s rendition of Kurtis Blow’s song “Basketball”—one would expect that basketball events and basketball related projects would be popular on Towson’s campus, right?

Correct.

TU hosted the famous Harlem Globetrotters Wednesday, June 19 through Friday, June 21 as the first sporting event held in the brand new, state-of-the-art Tiger Arena. The arena was just completed this spring, and its first basketball-related event was a smashing success—a slam dunk, one could say. Not only did the Globetrotters, who performed at Towson despite being out of season, report that their visit was better than their appearance at the Brooklyn Nets’ arena’s opening day, but the 2,700 attendees at each game enjoyed the experience, too.

Towson’s campus had an excited and lively atmosphere during the Globetrotters’ visit and was teeming with bright, energetic faces. As someone who is on campus six days a week during the summer, I can safely say that campus has not seen this amount of people or this level excitement since the spring term ended on May 21. No matter where I was on campus—whether I was sitting outside the Liberal Arts building or walking up to the Administration building—I was inevitably approached by at least two or three people each day asking where the Tiger Arena was. By the last day of the Globetrotters’ visit, I would greet approaching strangers with, “Globetrotters? You can get to the Tiger Arena by…”

But the strength of basketball’s attraction is not limited to the grandeur of world-famous teams or the influence of tremendously popular players. Its appeal is also personal—people bond through both playing and watching basketball together. They root for their hometown and college teams, sharing an investment in the success of the athletes who represent them.

And this is why the decision to build the Tiger Arena was so wise. Just as the reputation and success of TU’s football team was resuscitated in the 2011 season, Towson’s men’s basketball team has been revitalized and is experiencing unprecedented success—which translates to increased incentive for members of Towson’s community to attend games.

One season after setting the NCAA record for most consecutive losses, the men’s basketball team achieved the greatest turnaround in NCAA history. Georgetown transfer Jerrelle Benimon won CAA Player of the Year, among other honors, and head coach Pat Skerry was named CAA Coach of the Year. As someone who has been dunked on by Benimon in pick-up basketball, I can personally attest to his skill on the court (In my defense, I was going easy on him).

Such success, growth and positive attention promotes a larger fan base, and the Tiger Arena is an ideal facility to support both a growing audience and an up-and-coming basketball program.  Features include retractable seats, which allow more room for activities and events held in the absence of Tigers’ games; concession stands, which eliminate the need for leaving the arena for snacks and beverages; a state-of-the-art scoreboard system above center court and approximately 60 seats in private suites. But the arena does not only provide exemplary services for the entertainment needs of the Towson community—it is also environmentally friendly, expected to earn LEED Gold certification soon.

The benefits of the Tiger Arena are manifold, and its versatility has already proven itself with the hosting of the Special Olympics, TU’s commencement and over 15 high school graduation ceremonies before the Globetrotters’ visit. Also, basketball camps are currently operating in the arena, which further connect TU with its surrounding community.

And if you’re a basketball fan who missed the Globetrotters and can’t wait for the next NBA season to start, the Tiger Arena offers you another chance to immerse yourself in the basketball world. The leading streetball tour in the nation, Ball Up, will stop at the Tiger Arena on August 10. Similar to the Globetrotters, Ball Up focuses more on entertainment and connecting with the crowd than on competition; games involve both special guest appearances and musical performances.

As a TU student and as a basketball player and fan, I am excited by the Tiger Arena and the possibilities it represents. The men’s basketball team is an emerging national presence, and it now has a stage suitable to showcasing its talent. And this stage is a showcase in its own way, symbolizing the Towson community’s innovative thinking and patent concern for the environment. I imagine that this excitement and pride is shared by all members of the Towson community and that the reaction to the Globetrotters’ visit is just a small preview of things to come. As Kurtis Blow so eloquently wrote:

They’re playing basketball

We love that basketball

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OTS Team Steps Out

By Samantha Knight

By Samantha Knight

The OTS Information Technology Support Centers Team (OTS Training, Web Team, CIAT, Multimedia Services, Instructional Design, and Blackboard groups) has made an effort to step out of the office and become more familiar with the people and places around Towson University.  Recently, we were fortunate to visit two different sites in one week.

The week started with a tour of the redesigned television studio located in the Media Center.  The studio is used for Electronic Media and Film classes, as well as for production of WMJF-TV.com shows.  David Reiss, associate professor in the Electronic Media and Film Department and technical coordinator of WMJF-TV.com, explained the updated control room and was able to demonstrate to us the virtual sets that are now available.  Some of us tried out the set while others stayed back in the control room to see the magic happen.  It was very exciting, especially for all the video people on our team! 2012-11-16 15.38.49

Later in the week, we had a private tour with Mike Harris from Athletics around the new Tiger Arena.  We took an hour out of the day and ventured over to the new building to see the seats being installed, walls being built, and many other projects that were going on during that time.  Mike explained where they were in the timeline and what will be built over the next few months. We’re very excited to go back at the beginning of May to see the finished product!

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TU Construction Update

Towson’s campus has been slowly changing over the years as new construction projects and improvements are completed.  One recently completed improvement was the pedestrian walkway from the College of Liberal Arts building to Burdick Hall and the rerouted service vehicle entrance to the Union parking lot.  But the major project on campus right now is the construction of the new 5,200 seat Tiger Arena!  Check out these pictures to see the most recent changes to TU’s landscape.

Pedestrian Walkway from CLA to Burdick 

Front view of the pedestrian walkway from CLA (out of view on the left) to Burdick (out of view on the right). The roadway leads to the parking lot by the Union and branches off from University Avenue.

New stairways and walkways which lead to Burdick Hall and the pedestrian walkway to CLA.

 

Tiger Arena

View of construction of Tiger Arena from the front. The groundbreaking for the new sports facility took place in May 2011. It is set to offically open on August 1, 2013.

 For more information about current construction on campus, visit http://www.towson.edu/adminfinance/facilities/construction/current.asp.

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