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Beeghly Center
224 West Spring Street
Youngstown, OH 44555

Beeghly Center, the home of Youngstown State men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams, has seen a major facelift totaling more than $4 million this decade.

In the last decade, refurbishing has been done to the hallways, court lighting, classrooms, flooring, lobbies, basketball and Olympic Sports offices, swimming pool, and locker rooms. Also The Coaches Court, a plush room for Athletic Department functions and press conferences, was constructed. In 2008, a new Dom Rosselli Court playing surface was installed.

In the most recent offseason, the YSU athletic department was able acquire the actual hoops that were used in the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Detroit. New strobe lights were also installed in the four corners of the arena to enhance the lighting for photographers. The men's basketball locker room was remodeled prior to the 2009-10 season, and the women's basketball locker room underwent a facelift in March 2010.

In May 2002, the facility underwent more than $2.5 million in renovations, including a new front and rear lobby and new hallways and locker rooms. Also a new $150,000 sound system was added to the arena. Prior to the 2000-01 season, two additional scoreboards were added and expanded press-row seating was created.

Beeghly Center, located between Stambaugh Stadium and the Andrews Wellness and Recreation Center on the northwest end of Youngstown State's scenic downtown campus, has support areas that include an athletic training room, weight room and coaches offices.

Not only does the Beeghly Center have an arena, it is a multi-purpose facility that includes an Olympic-sized swimming and diving facility, racquetball and squash courts, classrooms, and administrative offices.

The entire facility was built at a cost of $5.5 million and opened in 1972. It was dedicated in the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Leon A. Beeghly, founders of the Standard Slag Company in Youngstown.

Beeghly Center was dedicated on Dec. 23, 1972, when the Penguins, under Hall of Fame coach Dom Rosselli, played host to Ohio University. The first women's basketball game in the Beeghly Center was on Jan. 23, 1976, when the Penguins defeated Kent State-Tuscarawas.

Eleven years after construction, the seating capacity was increased to 6,500 with the addition of permanent seats in the north and south ends of the arena and 1,250 chairback seats located along the court. The capacity is currently 6,300 with recent floor expansion along the baselines.

Both the Youngstown State men's and women's basketball teams routinely enjoy large crowds. YSU has won the NCAA Division I Pack The House Challenge in the Horizon League in two of the last three seasons. The women's basketball team routinely ranks second in the league in attendance, and more than 6,000 fans have packed the arena for a men's game in each of the last three seasons. Nearly 6,250 watched the YSU men defeat Cleveland State on Jan. 23, 2009 in a game that was broadcast on ESPNU.

In addition to athletic events, the Beeghly Center serves as a site for graduation ceremonies, community events, concerts and other functions. Current president Barack Obama held a rally at the arena during his 2008 campaign.

On September 15, 1996, YSU dedicated Veterans' Plaza directly in front of Beeghly Center. This $500,000 community project was funded in-part through private donations to honor all United States Veterans. Spring Street, the road leading up to Beeghly Center, was updated with a scenic entrance and renamed Armed Forces Boulevard in 2009.


Directions

From the northwest (Cleveland, Toledo): Take Ohio Turnpike to Exit 218. Follow I-80 East to I-680, Youngstown. Take Exit 4A, Route 422 East and proceed to the Wick Avenue exit. Turn right onto Wick Avenue. Turn right again at the first light (Alumni House is on the right) onto University Plaza and enter the F-1 visitors’ parking lot.

From the north (Ashtabula): Take Route 11 South to the intersection with I-80. Follow signs for Route 711 South. Exit at Gypsy Lane and make a left onto Gypsy. Cross Belmont Ave. (Rt. 193); at the fourth traffic light after Belmont, turn right onto Fifth Ave. Drive down Fifth until you get to Rt. 422 (look for the YSU stadium), then cross the overpass and turn left onto the Eastbound Service Road, staying on the service road as you pass the stadium. Cross the Elm Street intersection, then turn right onto Wick. Make a right at the next light (Alumni House is on the right) onto University Plaza and enter the F-1 visitors’ lot.

From the east (western Pennsylvania): Take I-80 to Route 711 South (Exits left). Exit at Gypsy Lane and make a left onto Gypsy. Cross Belmont Ave. (Rt. 193); at the fourth traffic light after Belmont, turn right onto Fifth Ave. Drive down Fifth until you get to Rt. 422 (look for the YSU stadium), then cross the overpass and turn left onto the Eastbound Service Road, staying on the service road as you pass the stadium. Cross the Elm Street intersection, then turn right onto Wick. Make a right at the next light (Alumni House is on the right) onto University Plaza and enter the F-1 visitors’ lot.

From the southeast (Pittsburgh): Take the PA Turnpike to Exit 234 (16A) on the Ohio Turnpike. From there, take I-680 approximately 10 miles to Exit 6 (Route 62 and Hubbard). Follow signs for YSU and take Route 422 West. Take the first Exit (Wick Avenue) and turn left on Wick. At the second light (Alumni House is on your right) make a right on to University Plaza and enter the F-1 visitors’ lot.

From the south: Take Ohio Route11 North to I-680. From I-680, take Exit 4A, Route 422 East. Exit the freeway at Wick Avenue and  turn right on Wick. Turn right again at the first light (Alumni House is on the right) onto University Plaza and enter the F-1 visitors’ parking lot.

From the west (Akron): Take I-71 or I-77 to I-76 East. Where I-80 and I-76 divide, follow I-80 until it intersects with I-680 to Youngstown. Follow I-680 to Exit 4A, Route 422 East. Exit the 422 freeway at Wick Avenue and turn right. Turn right again at the first light (Alumni House is on the right) onto University Plaza and enter the F-1 visitors’ parking lot.

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