Other problem is arena is so big, 1,042 looks empty. That is probably most of low level seats, students, and most of upstairs is empty seats, except sprinkling upstairs around midcourt. Even 2,500 there is less than half capacity. To have a “real college atmosphere”, you need to probably put 4,000 in there, and that is never happening. It is so cavernous in there, that the building is always lacking energy.
Agree. It is way too big (and ugly). The seats on the sidelines being high off the floor and the weird open end don’t exactly help with the atmosphere either. Everyone is very far from the court except for the student end. It was bad design when it was built and it’s worse now.