Kent State Golden Flashes Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Rob Senderoff

Team Mascot: Flash

Year Opened: 1950

Capacity: 6327

City / State: Kent / Ohio

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

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Kent State Golden Flashes vs Akron Zips

Rival Team: Akron Zips

Akron is Kent State’s archrival, so you’ll be in for a treat when attending a game between the Zips and the Golden Flash. Regardless of the sport these two teams and their fans hate each other. Make sure to get tickets when the Zips come to town as there are few better matchups in the MAC than Kent State-Akron.

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Kent State Golden Flashes vs Cleveland State Vikings

Rival Team: Cleveland State Vikings

The rivalry between Kent State and Cleveland State dates back to 1933. However, the rivalry was dormant from 1946 to 1971. Since then, the Golden Flash and Vikings have played regularly creating a fierce rivalry between the two non-conference teams. If you want to see a game attended by fans of both teams, then there are few better to attend than when Kent State and Cleveland State get together.

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Kent State Golden Flashes vs Youngstown State Penguins

Rival Team: Youngstown State Penguins

Youngstown State is another nearby rival of Kent State, and the games between Kent State and Youngstown State are some of the best of the season. The rivalry between the two schools began in 1929, and while the two didn’t play regularly from 1961 to 1998 things picked up right where they left off when the rivalry resumed. Don’t miss it when the Golden Flash and Penguins square off as you’ll be in for a treat.

Kent State Golden Flashes Stadium Guide

In Game

The Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center is one of the oldest venues in college basketball and one of the best places in the MAC to take in a college hoops game. At the MACC, you’ll find everything you could ever want in a college hoops game including a lively crowd, an excellent spirit squad, and tons of history.

The first thing you’ll notice when entering is the history and aura that surrounds the arena. All throughout the concourse are pictures, plaques, and other artifacts celebrating Kent State’s rich basketball and athletics history. The venue is even home to a wall of fame filled with plaques dedicated to all of the most important figures Kent State athletics, and if you’re looking for basketball specific history then make sure to take in the Elite Eight and retired number banners hanging above the court.

Once it gets closer to tip-off, you’ll be treated to an incredible atmosphere that can rival that of larger conference schools. The fans, spirit squad, and pep band all go a long way in creating a memorable experience that will have you wanting to come back soon.

Finally, after the game make sure to head to Main Street for some post-game festivities. Main Street is home to a wide selection of bars and restaurants including 101 Bottles of Beer and Rockne’s Pub among others, so stop by a few and make a mini-pub crawl out of it.


A trip to Kent State is a fun time for any college basketball fan and presents an excellent opportunity to see one of the oldest venues in the sport, so don’t hesitate to plan your trip to Kent State.

Things to check out

Kent State Athletics Wall of Fame

During your trip to the MACC stop by the wall of fame to see plaques dedicated to the most influential players, coaches, and administrators in Kent State athletics history. The wall is a must-see for any college sports fan, so make sure to check it out.

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Hanging above the court are several banners honoring the best players and teams in Golden Flash basketball history. Kent State’s Elite Eight banner from 2002 is the crown jewel of the banners, so look for it as well as the retired numbers of several players from the team including Antonio Gates, Trevor Huffman, and Andrew Mitchell.

Kent State Signage and Murals

All around the MACC you’ll see banners and signs celebrating the Golden Flash. The artwork allows you to know exactly where you are and features a great mural of the athletic program’s old logo, so take it all in when attending a Kent State basketball game.

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Flash the Golden Eagle

Flash, the Golden Eagle, is the official Kent State mascot and can be seen all throughout the game. He entertains the crowd with his antics between play and even poses for pictures with fans. Flash’s strong presence makes him one of the more entertaining mascots in the MAC, so keep your eyes peeled for when at the game.

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Kent State Pep Band

The pep band is a major part of what makes the atmosphere at Kent State games so special. The band puts on an outstanding performances and keeps the crowd at fever pitch with their in-game music selections. There are few bands in the MAC better than the one at Kent State, so enjoy the show when attending a Golden Flash basketball game.

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The Kent State cheerleaders pump up the crowd and help keep everyone engaged with the game. Even when things aren't going the Golden Flashes way expect the cheerleaders to do their job and keep everyone on their feet.

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Fight Songs

  1. Fight Song

    Fight on for KSU,
    Fight for the Blue and Gold!
    We’re out to beat the foe;
    Fight on brave and bold!

    Fight on for victory,
    Don’t stop until we’re through.
    We’re all together,
    Let’s go forward, K-S-U!

  2. Alma Mater

    Verse 1: 
    From the beauty land Ohio comes a universal praise,
    ‘Tis the song of Alma Mater that her sons and daughters raise.
    ‘Tis a Hail to Kent forever, on the Cuyahoga shore,
    Now we join the loving thousands as they sing it o’er and o’er.

    Hail to Thee, our Alma Mater.
    O, how beautiful Thou art,
    High enthroned upon the hilltop,
    Reigning over every heart.

    Verse 2: 
    From the hilltop Alma Mater gazing on her portals wide,
    Sees the coming generations as they throng to seek her side,
    Seek her side to win her blessing,
    throng her gates to bear her name,
    Leave her gates to sing her praises go afar to spread her fame.

    Hail to Thee, our Alma Mater.
    O, how young and strong thou art,
    Planning for the glorious future,
    Firm enthroned in every heart.

Kent State Golden Flashes Bars & Restaurants

  1. Brewhouse Pub

    Brewhouse Pub

    A fun place with great selection of drinks!

    244 N Water St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  2. 101 Bottles of Beer On the Wall

    Bottles of Beer On the Wall

    101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall has developed a reputation for having one of the largest and most creative selections of craft beer in the state of Ohio.

    115 N Willow St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Panini’s Bar & Grill

    Paninis Bar and Grill Kent

    Whether you come in for lunch, dinner, or late-night fun, Panini's Bar & Grill in Kent offers a casual dining and bar atmosphere that's perfect for kicking back, watching a game, and hanging out with friends.

    295 S Water St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. The Loft

    The Loft

    This place has really good beer and delicious pizza!

    112 W Main St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  5. 157 Lounge

    157 Lounge

    157 Lounge offers an innovative and modern atmosphere, extensive martini, wine and beer list; complimented by fresh sushi and a signature dessert menu.

    157 S Water St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$

  6. Water Street

    Water Street Tavern

    Featuring a rooftop patio, a private party room, 20 HDTV’s, a stage with free live music 3 times a week, and great food from Mr. Zub’s, Water Street Tavern has something for everyone.

    132 S Water St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Zephyr


    Bringing the best craft brewed beers to northeast Ohio.

    106 W Main St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  8. Mike’s Place

    Mikes Place

    Voted #1 by KSU students 2014 for the Best Place to go after a hangover, Voted Top 5 Bbq in the Akron Canton HOT LIST 2013.

    1700 S Water St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $

  9. Ray’s


    Ray’s Place since 1937, a meeting place where people of all ages and walks of life meet to transact business, discuss politics, keep up on current events and yes, gossip.

    153 Franklin Ave, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Henry Wahner’s Restaurant & Lounge

    Henry Wahners Restaurant Lounge

    Delicious German cuisine that will certainly satisfy your hunger for good food!

    1609 E Main St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  11. Dave’s Cosmic Subs

    daves cosmic subs

    Established in 1997, "Dave's Cosmic Subs," a Rock-n-Roll themed franchise chain of sub shops.

    215 S Water St #104, Kent, OH 44240, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Laziza


    Laziza is the place where Mediterranean cuisine is redefined. The place where exciting, exquisite and extraordinary gather everyday to deliver an original dining experience.

    195 E Erie St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. Guys Pizza Co

    Guys Pizza Co

    Definitely a go-to pizza owing to its amazing and excellent taste!

    146 S Water St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  14. Troy Grille

    Troy Grille

    This place makes great Mediterranean food that's freshly prepared and done perfectly!

    118 E Main St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  15. Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant

    Belleria Pizza Italian Restaurant

    At Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant you can expect some of the highest quality and most delicious Italian food.

    135 E Erie St #202, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  16. Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar

    Fresco Mexican

    Fresco is a new fast, casual restaurant that begins each order with fresh ingredients. Our dining experience is fun and energetic, and we offer all of our dishes made to your preference.

    100 E Erie St #112, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  17. Bricco Kent

    Bricco Kent

    The Bricco Kent menu features favorites from the flagship Akron location, unique entrees and appetizers you can only find here and the best pastry chef in town!

    210 S Depeyster St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  18. Twisted Meltz

    Twisted Meltz sandwich

    An American traditional restaurant serving 25+ gourmet grilled cheese, soups, salads, appetizers and craft beers.

    164 E Main St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  19. Franklin Square Deli

    Franklin Square Deli

    Food that takes a great deal of time to produce at other restaurants will be in your basket or packed in your bag, in just a short few moments.

    108 S Water St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  20. Eurogyro


    Gyros. Pizza. Wings. Beer. TV's. Everything you need right here.

    107 S Depeyster St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  21. Wild Goats Cafe

    Wild Goats Cafe

    The Wild Goats Cafe offers a variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner & dessert fare. We specialize in high quality homemade foods, fresh roast coffees, and we strive to offer a selection of menu items which can not be found elsewhere.

    319 W Main St, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  22. Taco Tonto’s

    Taco Tontos

    We offer fresh, handmade, Mexican cuisine that is unlike any other. Burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, taco salads, pizzaritos, and chips and salsa/guacamole, are just a few of our tastiest options.

    123 Franklin Ave, Kent, OH 44240, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $