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UD Arena shines brightly at 50

UD Arena shines brightly at 50

Thomas M. Columbus January 23, 2020

The three-year, $76 million renovation of the University of Dayton Arena was the largest construction project in University history. The men’s basketball Flyers topped off festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the building on Nov. 9, 2019, with an 86-81 win over Indiana State. The women beat Lipscomb, 82-60, on Nov. 5.

 The remodeled UD Arena has 223,350 square feet, an increase of 23%.

Seating capacity: 13,407. Every seat in the building was replaced during the three-year renovation. Most are 20 or 21 inches wide.

Portals were added from the stands to the concourses on both sides.

Ticketholders in the upper Arena on the east side need not go far for drinks and food with addition of the Bud Light Landing with its great view of the Great Miami River and campus.

Sights and sounds: a new four-sided video board, updated audio, improved Wi-Fi, new broadcast infrastructure.

The Boesch Lounge is now 6,175 square feet, 45% more than previously.

Illuminating the court and seating areas are LED lights.

Premium seating increases include four terraces. One is available on a game-by-game basis.

Seats compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act have increased from 46 to 78, a 70% increase.


The remodeled Arena features a new ticket office and a team store.

The Connor Flight Deck grew by 28% to 11,900 square feet.

The four locker rooms used by teams during games for the first time received new restrooms and lockers.

New wells and pumps not only keep the building dry but also provide cold water to keep it cool.

The number of toilets and urinals in men’s restrooms increased by 5% to 77.

The number of toilets in women’s restrooms increased by 80% to 126.

The Flyers' famed announcers, Larry & Bucky