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Ted Constant Convocation Center: Old Dominion’s Cozy Confines for 10 Years and Counting

Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

The upcoming season will mark the 10th anniversary for one of the most coveted home court advantages in all of college basketball.  The Ted Constant Convocation Center, located in the heart of Old Dominion University’s campus, held the first ODU Men’s and Women’s basketball games in 2002.

Known by the ODU-faithful as “The Ted”, the 215,000 square foot building holds just over 8,000 seats.  This includes 862 upper club/priority seats and 16 luxury box suites.  It’s name comes from the founder of the Norfolk Beverage Co., Theodore F. Constant, who made a $5 million donation towards the venue that would eventually cost $47 million to finish.

Before The Ted was created, ODU played all it’s home games in the Scope Arena near downtown Norfolk.  Though the Scope was a welcoming venue, there is nothing like having a place to call your home.  A place where you don’t have to hop on a bus to play in.  A place exclusive to one crazed fan base.  And that’s just what ODU has had for 10 years.

The Ted boasts the most fierce atmosphere for opposing teams in the CAA as ODU led the league in attendance last season, averaging over 7,600 fans per contest.  That marked the fifth straight season the school led in regular season attendance and the seventh of the last eight seasons.  Six in a row is more than likely as the upcoming season marks the last CAA season for the Monarchs as they head to Conference-USA next year.

Both mid-major and big time conference teams have felt the wrath of playing inside the raucous arena where past and present Monarch Maniacs, alumni and local supporters congregate.  According to the most recent Pollstar year end rankings, The Ted finished eight in the world among arenas with fewer than 10,000 seats, which also ranks second in the U.S.

The Monarchs will open their anniversary season on Nov. 9 as the Ted will be rocking for the Liberty Tax Classic Tournament and on Oct. 2, legendary rock bands Journey, Pat Benater featuring Neil Giraldo and Loverb

oy will kick the anniversary party off with the first concert of a month-long celebration, in which, multiple concerts will be held inside the arena.