History

The Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio has been the home of the Ohio Bobcats basketball, volleyball, and wrestling teams since 1968. The 13,080-seat venue cost $8.2 million to build.

The Convocation Center was designed by Columbus-based architects Brubaker and Brandt Architects and has undergone several renovations over the years. In 1997, the press row was expanded, the lighting was improved, and the Vern and Marion Alden Basketball Suite opened. A few years later, a new court and two Daktronics video boards were installed following the 2004 season.

Since opening with an 80-70 Bobcats victory over the Indiana Hoosiers on December 3, 1968, the Convocation Center has hosted many notable events. The Convo set its attendance record on February 28, 1970, when 14,102 came out to watch the Bobcats defeat Bowling Green 77-76. The facility has also hosted lots of concerts over the years featuring acts such as Led Zeppelin.

Historic Events