Jun 26 2016

Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion originally opened in 1965, underwent $136 million in renovations, and re-opened in 2012. The facility now seats 13,800 and is home to UCLA’s men’s and women’s basketball as well as women’s gymnastics. This is an elite, top notch facility that many refer to as a “shrine” to UCLA athletics. Once inside the pavilion, take … Read More

Jun 26 2016

Gersten Pavilion

Nicknamed “Hank’s House”, Gersten Pavilion was built in 1981 and seats just over 4,100 people. LMU star Hank Gathers died during a basketball tournament in 1990. Gersten Pavilion is home of the Loyola Marymount University Lions and a part time practice home of the LA Lakers. Other sports events have also been held here. Be sure … Read More

Jun 26 2016

Galen Center

USC has made it to the NCAA Tournament an impressive 4 times in 9 years. There is rich history here that is displayed in the lower concourse and street level – including the prestigious award of “Trojan Greats on Sports Illustrated.” Louis Galen, the arena’s namesake, gave over $50 million for this arena and his … Read More

Jun 26 2016

Carver Arena

Bradley Braves basketball has called Carver Arena home since 1982. They share the facility with the Peoria Rivermen of AHL. Hosting about 375 events every year, including the Illinois High School basketball State Championships, this venue is a great value, with a spacious concourse, and access to a number of restaurants and pubs in Peoria.

Jun 26 2016

NIU Convocation Center

Such a cool venue with a capacity of 10,000 and a running/walking track surface surrounding the court. This venue definitely is one of the more unique and best looking basketball courts in the U.S. Northern Illinois teams have played in over 200 contests at the Convocation Center since 2002. Many historic volleyball and basketball victories have … Read More

Jun 26 2016

Welsh Ryan Arena

Welsh-Ryan Arena is a charming old barn of a gym and happens to be the second oldest arena in the Big Ten Conference. Not big on amenities but worth a look see. The arena is located right next to Ryan Field, home of the Northwestern Wildcats football team. The Northwestern pep band is super fun and … Read More

Jun 26 2016

SIU Arena

The SIU Arena has an incredibly rich history over the years since it’s completion in 1964 and remodel project in 2010. The integrity was preserved and the fans are hugely committed and passionate about this venue, their team, and their events. Fun facts about the history of this venue: Artists Peter Gabriel and Drake have played … Read More

Feb 15 2016

XL Lounge Baby!

The last time I attended a game at the XL Center was before some of the updates had been made.  I have to say I was really impressed by the changes and I’m sure it has probably impacted attendance at their events in a positive way.  While we had excellent seats, we ended up spending … Read More

Feb 13 2016

MGM Grand Garden Arena, not the usual Vegas

We came in from out of town but wanted to do something other than the normal casino or show so we decided to go to a game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  We didn’t really have a team that we favored but were wanting the experience of a lively game and this venue did … Read More

Feb 13 2016

Runnin’ Rebels then Cocktails at The Palm

We attended a Rebels game here for the first time in a few years and have decided from here on out to make this a regular part of our entertainment.  Great location and easily accessible – we live less than 10 miles away.  We tailgated a little with some friends under their huge Rebel flag … Read More