Your new friend in Rhody sports, Ian, here to tell you why going to URI Basketball games is something you should be doing before hitting up Charlio’s Tavern or stumbling around ‘Gansett.
URI and its partners at The Ryan Center have made student involvement the priority for this basketball season. Over the summer along with the addition of the new Alex and Ani Court, a redesign of the student section has created an environment for an arena that can rival the noise created in any ACC, SEC, or Big East venue. Gonzaga has the Kennel Club and Michigan State has The Izzone. URI can, should, and will have The Ruckus!
The Ryan Center is a small venue, only seating 7,657 people, and its tightly enclosed feel can allow for a deafening crowd noise. In previous years the students were restricted to sections 101, 102, and 201. This year sections 202, 214, and 107 through 109 have been added and, if demand requires, section 301. The Ryan Center management also created a new student-only entrance sponsored by Dunkin Donuts. Now students can skip going to the box office to redeem their ticket because there are no tickets! New scanners simply scan your student ID for admittance.
Why It’s Better
These additions now seat students behind both ends of the court, allowing for maximum interaction for the students, from distracting opponent free throws, to crowd noise. Our dance team “The Ramettes“ was also moved closer to the band. Court side seats, where the home court advantage is most influential especially in college basketball, are now open. This gives more students the opportunity to be close to the action and more importantly, MAKE SOME NOISE! Furthermore cultivating student interest is a must in the early part of the season. Of course students have nothing to rally behind unless there is an exciting team to watch, but this year we have one.
The Rams convincing win over Maine was an awesome start to what can be a breakthrough season for our school which saw some success in the 1990′s. Munford is a natural scorer and the additions of Hassan Martin and E.C. Matthews will help our rebounding and scoring. These are Dan Hurley’s recruits and not Jim Baron’s, making these players better suited to Hurley’s system and we’re already seeing good results.
What’s Up Next
Personally I am viewing the SMU game as a hiccup in the season. Let’s say it was jet lag flying all the way to Texas. It’s behind us, so lets look ahead. North Carolina A&T should be a good test 7:00 p.m. Friday night at the Ryan Center. We both are 1-1 with their win coming against UNC Greensboro 91-64. I’m predicting a Rhody win due in part to our superior advantage in rebounding. Currently we sit in 26th in the NCAA while North Carolina A&T sits at 227th.
I’m excited for the rest of the Rams season and YOU SHOULD BE TOO! Catch me around campus and follow @RhodyRampage and myself @bornawinner92 on twitter for new stories and updates, see you at the game!