CSU Athletic Facilities
The Convocation Center -- Goodman Arena
On November 1, 1991, the ribbon was cut, officially opening the Cleveland State University Convocation Center. The beautiful $55,000,000 state-of-the-art, full-service, multi-purpose facility means many things to many facets of the Cleveland community.
To the Cleveland State athletics, it means fruition of the dream-a home for CSU's basketball teams which had been envisioned almost since the day that a state university was born from the seeds of little Fenn College in downtown Cleveland just over a quarter-century ago.
The dream came true in 1991 in the form of the largest college-owned basketball arena in the State of Ohio with a seating capacity of 13,610.
Every seat in the basketball configuration is a theater-style cushioned chair, approximately 3,000 of which can be rolled back to create a larger playing surface for indoor soccer games, indoor track meets, and major wrestling tournaments.
In addition to CSU athletics, the Convocation Center is the home for the Cleveland Crunch professional indoor soccer team and has seen such musical greats as MeatLoaf, Randy Travis, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alan Jackson, Jethro Tull and Luther Vandross. Other events such as the circus, the rodeo and the WWF dot the Convo calendar.
Four large corner scoreboards, two with full-color animation capabilities, are situated in the corners of the arena. The scoreboards also boast a computerized sound system considered to be one of the most advanced in the country. In addition, a computerized lighting system bathes the basketball court in 200 footcandles of light.
An auxiliary scoreboard graces the official scorer's table. Media tables situated across the floor are equipped with electrical outlets. There is media seating for 75 working press members at the floor level.
Six locker rooms, including permanent pro style locker facilities for the CSU men's and women's basketball teams, ring the floor level, along with several smaller rooms for officials and performers. Adjoining rooms to the dressing areas are used for post-game interviews and as a working press room.
The arena has been named the Henry J. Goodman Arena in honor of the current chairman of the Cleveland State University's board of trustees, a moving force in the realization of the University's dream of a very special building for its students and the community it serves.
East of the main bowl stands the Gerald H. Gordon Conference Pavilion, named in honor of the chairman of the board of trustees Building Committee, another prime force in the planning and construction of the building.
Contained in the Pavilion is a large auxiliary gym which will serve as a practice facility for the varsity basketball teams and other designated athletic activities. Also located there are the offices of the men's and women's basketball staffs and of the Athletic Department's administrative staff.
Two large conference rooms which can accommodate approximately 600 persons and may be used for pre- and post-game functions are also located in the pavilion. They are adjoined to the entertainment and assembly area, the Patrick Sweeney Atrium honoring the Ohio state senator whose yeoman efforts on behalf of the Convocation Center's construction went far beyond the simple call of duty to his constituents.
Above the conference rooms in the luxurious Viking Loge, a large dining and entertainment center which includes a buffet area and three rows of alternating tables and chairs behind a panoramic glass wall overlooking the arena. The room is used during basketball games for major donors to the athletic program, their guests and other special guests of the University.
The Convocation Center is operated as a full-service facility with a full-time staff to manage and administer special events, a computerized ticketing service and marketing services for event planners.
Krenzler Soccer Field
Cleveland State's Krenzler Field is widely recognized as one of the finest soccer facilities in the country.
The field has many features, including a 75 by 120 yard pitch equipped with an in ground sprinkling system, specially designed underground draining system, permanent seating for 1,680 spectators, and a fieldhouse equipped with two 36 person team locker rooms, an officials locker room, and a training room.
Krenzler Field is also equipped with lights for night games, a scoreboard, and facilities for TV and radio broadcast.
The CSU Natatorium also is located in the Woodling Physical Education Center directly across from the gym. The 50 meter long, 25 meter wide pool is considered one of the fastest pools in the United States. The CSU Natatorium, which seats 1,500 spectators, has been home to the Vikings since its opening in 1973. The natatorium has had the distinction of hosting the 1975, 1977, 1979, and 1984 NCAA Division I National Swimming and Diving Championships.
The pool is equipped with underwater speakers, six underwater windows for coaching and teaching, and an automatic timing system with touchpad activated timing for up to 10 lanes.
Volleyball, wrestling and fencing call the Homer E. Woodling Gymnasium home. The 3,000 seat facility is located in the Physical Education Center which was opened in 1973. The facility is more than just a gym though as elsewhere in the building there are an 80' x 40' wrestling room, a two-story gymnastics room, two weight rooms, dance studio, remedial exercise room, human performance laboratory, trainer's suite with whirlpool and sauna areas, ten varsity and visitor's locker rooms, and locker facilities for 3,400 men and 2,000 women.
The building also houses the Physical Education Departments classrooms and offices. In addition, numerous coaches' and administrator's offices are located in Woodling Gymnasium.
The softball Vikings play their home games on Viking Field adjacent to the Krenzler Field soccer facility. The field, opened in 1988, has permanent seating for 500 spectators. A new pressbox was erected at Viking Field this past season, courtesy of friends of the softball team who donated their time and services.