Branch Rickey Arena
Battling Bishop men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball teams
play their home games in Branch Rickey Arena, nestled in the middle of
the Ohio Wesleyan campus.
Named after Branch Rickey '04, who integrated major league baseball while
president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the arena opened
its doors in time for the 1976-77 season.
Rickey Arena seats 2300 for basketball and has been the site for NCAA
Division III playoff games for both genders as well as several North Coast
Athletic Conference and Ohio Athletic Conference tournaments. Rickey Arena
is part of the Rickey Center, which also includes the adjacent Gordon
70 years prior to the opening of Rickey Arena, Ohio Wesleyan home games
were played in adjoining Edwards Gymnasium.
Opened during the 1905-06 academic year, the still-unfinished facility
hosted Ohio Wesleyan's first intercollegiate basketball team. As many
as 3000 fans crammed their way into the double-decked stands surrounding
the court on the building's second floor, which still hosts varsity practices
and intramurals. The gym was named after John Edwards, who served on Ohio
Wesleyan's Board of Trustees in the late 1890s and early 1900s. One of
the biggest facilities in the state at the time of its construction, Edwards
Gym was one of the first sites for the Ohio high school basketball tournament
championships, which it hosted into the 1930s.
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