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James A. Rhodes Arena, commonly nicknamed "The JAR," is an arena in Akron, Ohio, United States on the campus of the University of Akron. It replaced the University's 3,000 seat Memorial Hall gymnasium located right next door, and is named for former Ohio
Ohio
governor Jim Rhodes. The arena opened in 1983 and is home to the Akron Zips
Akron Zips
men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball team.

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1 History 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] The new facility was six years in the making. Some delays were encountered after the General Assembly, in 1977, appropriated $8 million for the construction of a 10,000-seat building for the 1977-79 biennium. However, by October 1978, when preliminary plans for the new complex were presented and accepted by the Ohio
Ohio
Board of Regents, construction costs had risen so rapidly that it required $12.5 million to complete the project.[2] After scrapping the original design, the University decided to go ahead with plans for a scaled-down version of the building. The 125,538-square-foot (11,662.9 m2) building, including an 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) wood floor, was designed by architect Thomas T. K. Zung. The University Board of Trustees approved the new version in July 1981, and ground breaking occurred on March 8, 1982. The building first opened on December 3, 1983. The building site on the eastern edge of campus is located on the northeast corner of Union and Carroll streets, and once served as the home for Fire Station No. 5 and a parking lot.[2] The JAR hosted the Ohio
Ohio
Valley Conference men's basketball tournament in 1986. Renovations to the arena is 2002 included a new hardwood floor, four Opto Tech LED
LED
displays screens hangs in the center of James A. Rhodes Arena, and most importantly a brand new sound system at a cost of 1.1 million dollars. Under the guidance of the University Athletic audio engineers, the JAR received a major upgrade in the fan atmosphere experience. At construction, the JAR employed a distributed horn powered PA system with very narrow dispersion angles, coupled with near-proximity coaxial speakers for the upper deck. This setup lead to several hot zones and many fans wondering what the announcer said. That changed in 2005 with the installation of a fully zoned system employing EVH model horn loaded boxes coupled with 6 TX Series subwoofers in the South catwalk for that tipoff "Thunderstruck" kick. A separate zone was also included for the floor for the UA Dance Team and Basketball team warmups. Precision series EV combined amplifiers and DSPs tune the system to near perfection in every seat. A Midas Venice series mixing console along with several channels of external dynamic channel processing, as well as enhanced hyperspheric modulation accelerators, handle all audio inputs. The system has reached a maximum decibel level of 115 dB during games, and is rated up to 130 dB.[3] The facility currently seats 5,500 people. The arena has two floors. In addition to the court, the first level features locker rooms, a sports medicine and training facility, a ticket office, a fan team shop and meeting rooms.[3] The arena hosted the boys basketball team from nearby St. Vincent - St. Mary High School during LeBron James' tenure at the school. His games would typically outdraw Zips' men's games.[4] The decision to name the arena after former governor Rhodes was highly controversial as he ordered the Ohio
Ohio
National Guard to nearby Kent State University prior to the May 4, 1970 shootings. Because of anticipated protests, the dedication of the building was not publicly announced in advance. See also[edit]

List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas

References[edit]

^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.  ^ a b http://www3.uakron.edu/athletics/facility/jar.htm ^ a b http://www.gozips.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10800&KEY=&ATCLID=319729 ^ ESPN.com: NCB - Zips try to retake Akron from LeBron

External links[edit]

James A Rhodes Arena
Arena
- Akron Zips

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University of Akron

Established: 1870

Academics

Colleges

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences College of Applied Science and Technology College of Business Administration College of Creative and Professional Arts LeBron James
LeBron James
Family Foundation College of Education College of Health and Human Services College of Nursing College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering School of Law School of Music Dr. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College University of Akron
University of Akron
University College Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

Campuses

Main campus (Akron, Ohio) Northeast Ohio
Ohio
Medical University (Rootstown, Ohio) Medina County University Center (Medina, Ohio) Wayne College (Orrville, Ohio)

People

President: Scott L. Scarborough Notable Alumni Notable Faculty and Staff

Athletics

Facilities

FirstEnergy Stadium–Cub Cadet Field InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field James A. Rhodes Arena Lee R. Jackson Field Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House Ocasek Natatorium

Traditions

Steel Tire Wagon Wheel Zippy (mascot)

Football

Team Seasons Head coaches In the NFL draft All-Americans Starting quarterbacks

Basketball

Men

Team Seasons In the NBA draft

Women

Team Seasons In the WNBA draft

Soccer

Men

Team Seasons In the MLS draft

Student life

Residence halls

Bulger Hall Exchange Street Galluci Hall Garson Hall Grant Hall Honors Complex Orr Hall Quaker Square Ritchie Hall Sisler-McFawn Spanton Hall Townhouses

Student organizations

The Buchtelite Tel-Buch WZIP ZTV Residence Hall Program Board Zips Programming Network University of Akron
University of Akron
Press

Other

Expansion Spicertown University Park Alliance

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Akron Zips
Akron Zips
men's basketball

Venues

Crouse Gymnasium (1902–1920s) Akron Armory (1920s–1954) Memorial Hall (1954–1983) James A. Rhodes Arena
Arena
(1983–present)

Culture & lore

History Zippy

People

Head coaches NBA draftees

Seasons

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Akron Zips
Akron Zips
women's basketball

Venues

Memorial Hall (1974–1983) James A. Rhodes Arena
Arena
(1983–present)

People

Head coaches

Seasons

1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18

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Basketball arenas of the Mid-American Conference

East Division

Rhodes Arena
Arena
(Akron) Stroh Center
Stroh Center
(Bowling Green) Alumni Arena
Arena
(Buffalo) Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
(Kent State) Millett Hall
Millett Hall
(Miami) Convocation Center (Ohio)

West Division

Worthen Arena
Arena
(Ball State) McGuirk Arena
Arena
(Central Michigan) Convocation Center (Eastern Michigan) Convocation Center (Northern Illinois) Savage Arena
Arena
(Toledo) University Arena
Arena
(Western Michigan)

Coordinates: 41°4′33″N 81°30′31″W / 41.07583°N 81.50861°W / 41.0758

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