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SouthernDawg
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Vandy's Memorial Gym


I'm pretty sure I would hate the crap out of coaching in this place...it has to be extremely hard to coach your offense in the first half and defense in the 2nd half...

why would who ever designed the place set the benches up like that?








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ianrules22
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You would probaly get used to it after a while, whereas other coaches just play there once a year...





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NashvilleVol
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I hate the crap out of watching a game in that place.





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Carolina101
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I totally agree I hate when we have to go play there





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ianrules22
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I hate the crap out of watching a game in that place.
I don't start hating on it until we lose there






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ole orange
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I despise that theatre turned "arena" with every bone in my body.





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CatFan81
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I fricking hate Memorial.





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CNB
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I fricking hate Memorial.






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WestEndVol
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I fricking hate Memorial.






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I Love Bama
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pics??





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ianrules22
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So, i'm guessing everyone fricking hates memorial?





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Loophole
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I emailed the NCAA back in 2000 and asked if Vandy had an legimate rule exemption to allow players benches to be at the end rather than the sidelines. Marty Benson, the rules authority, responded for the NCAA as follows..

"The answer is yes and no. The rule that covers this is 1-21. The applicable portion reads: "The team benches shall be located equidistant from the
division line extended at each side of the scorers' and timers' table on the sidelines."

That seems very clear, and it is, except that most of the rules regarding facilities are what is termed as "alterable" rules. This designation is listed at the front of the book. This means that if the teams mutually agree to play under those conditions, they may do so. Any team that signs to play Vanderbilt in its gym in essence agrees to play on their court. I think there are other courts that are similar, but Vanderbilt's is the most prominent. There are many other courts, primarily in Division I, than do not conform to some of the facility rules."


So yes, Memorial is a low class facility, and this stupid arrangement is an advantage Vandy doesn't want to give up, contributing to the so-called "Memorial Magic". With all the engineers Vandy graduates, you would think at least one could easily figure out how to bring their high school shithole gym up to Division II standards. It's not like they are a poor Division I school and don't have the money.








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NorthGwinnettTiger
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TenTex in 3...2...1...





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UTVolCountry
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I fricking hate Memorial.






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Diamondawg
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why would who ever designed the place set the benches up like that?
Was watching a game being played there the other night (don't remember their opponent) and the announcer said that it was to accommodate Adolph Rupp with some kind of a wheelchair/crutch issue. Don't remember the exact reason nor why they left it that way.






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TenTex
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Vandy's Memorial Gym is not a dump. It's perfect for Vandy because Vandy is a very small school with Memorial Gym seating 14,000 plus fans. It' gets very loud and yes the seating of each team under the basket is a distinct advantage for Vandy. If you call it a dump then it just means you don't like your team losing there.

I hear some other SEC fans call Tiger stadium a dump and laugh. Tiger Stadium is one of the premier Football Stadiums in the World and has been recognized as such. I love watching Basketball in Memorial Gym and can't wait for UK to visit next Saturday.









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The Southeastern Conference's most historic home for college basketball, Memorial Gymnasium serves as the home court for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Dedicated in 1952 as a memorial to all Vanderbilt men and women who served in World War II, the arena was built as a combination gymnasium and concert hall by the late master architect Edwin Keeble.

Fifty-four years later, the unique style of Memorial Gymnasium -- with its benches situated on the baseline, a playing court that sits above portions of the crowd and deafening acoustics -- continues to make the Commodores' home a dreaded stop for opponents. "Memorial Magic," with its capacity crowds, overflowing student section and lively pep band have assisted in numerous Commodore victories. In the stands, fans across Middle Tennessee have helped Memorial Gymnasium (capacity 14,316) rank among the NCAA's Top 30 attendance leaders 23 times since 1977.

On the floor, Vanderbilt has won more than 78 percent of its home games, including 32 of its last 36 contests. Last season, the Commodores set the school record with 17 home victories while pushing their active win streak against non-conference foes to 24 games. In fact, Vanderbilt has won 59 of its last 61 meetings against non-SEC competition and owns a .933 winning percentage (125-9) since 1990.

In 2002, a $25 million renovation of Memorial Gymnasium was completed, highlighted by yet another one-of-a-kind feature. Connected to the facility sits a new practice gym that includes a three cross-court playing floor, coaching offices, a donor room and a Hall of Champions. Other aspects of the renovation included upgrades of the seating areas, private suites, a new lighting and sound system and a new court design.

In all, Memorial Gym has been expanded three times. Constructed with a seating capacity of 6,583, the University saw its first need to increase seating in 1965 with the addition of two north-side balconies. Two years later, a pair of balancing balconies were erected on the south side of the gym and dubbed "The Balconies That Clyde Lee Built."

Capacity has fluctuated throughout the history of the building. It reached its highest number of 15,646 in 1969 when 4,000 seats were added in the east and west ends. When chairback seats in the end zones and suites on the north side were installed in the late 1990s capacity lowered to 14,168. Prior to last season, university officials removed portions of media press row on the south side in an effort to expand the student section by nearly 150 seats.
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