College Avenue Gym ‘Barn’ home game?

In November, the University of Texas played a men’s basketball non-conference game in Gregory Gymnasium, a 92-year-old fieldhouse with a 3,200 capacity, and admitted student-fans only.

On Monday Seton Hall did something similar, hosting St. John’s at 82-year-old Walsh Gym with Hall students comprising almost all of the 1,300 fans in attendance.

Could the concept be adopted by Rutgers at the College Avenue Gym? Members of the Riot Squad, which leads the typically packed, raucous student section at Jersey Mike’s Arena, would love to see it.

As the Scarlet Knights (11-7 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) prepare to play host to Maryland (10-9, 2-6) at Jersey Mike’s Arena Tuesday (8 pm, Big Ten Network) it’s something fun to ponder.

“A fantastic idea,” said freshman Jerold Holt, who’s been to every home game. “That would be a really cool environment, to play a game like that on Jim Valvano Court. There’s obviously a lot of history there.”

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Built on the site of College Field, where the first intercollegiate football game was played in 1869, the College Avenue Gym (nicknamed “the Barn”) opened in 1932 and housed men’s basketball games until 1977. In the days of lax fire-code enforcement , roughly 3,000 denizens filled every crevice throughout the Scarlet Knights’ 1975-76 Final Four campaign. In 2017 its floor was dedicated as “Jimmy V Court” in honor of Valvano, who captained the 1967 squad to the NIT semifinals before coaching NC State to the 1983 NCAA title and co-founding the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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