1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Kent State-Akron Rivalry
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.
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.
5. 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.
6. Historic Venue
The Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center is one of the oldest arenas in college basketball making it a place every college hoops fan should take in a game.
7. Kent State-Cleveland State Rivalry
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.
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.
9. 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.
10. Kent State-Youngstown State Rivalry
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.