is a basketball arena
in Bowling Green, Ohio
. The arena opened in 1960 and is home to the Bowling Green State University Falcons men's
and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball team. The facility currently seats 4,700 people. In 1983 it hosted games from the Mid-American Conference
men's basketball tournament involving the Falcons, including the championship game. Anderson Arena was named after BGSU basketball coach Harold Anderson
On March 1
, Bowling Green State University received an $8
million donation from Kermit and Mary Lu Stroh and $7.7 million of the donation will go to construct a new convocation center to house BGSU's volleyball and men's and women's basketball teams, as well as special events. Construction of the Stroh Center
will begin in 2010, with a scheduled opening in 2012. Anderson Arena will then serve as the home for BGSU Gymnastics
, as well student-athlete support services.
In July 2008, the university announced that a 23-foot falcon statue would be installed at the entrance of the new arena. The statue is a gift from North Carolina philanthropist, Irwin Belk, and will cost $100,000. The statue will be designed by the Jon Hair Studio of Fine Art near Cornelius, North Carolina and will be the largest statue falcon statue in the world.