Ground was broken for the Athletics-Recreation Center on April 23, 1983. The $7.25 million ARC added 84,000 square feet of new construction to the existing facility, thereby providing at one site a complex of over 142,000 square feet for physical education, athletics, and recreational activities.
The ARC arena currently has 5,000 seats and will accommodate 6,000. The building was designed so that expansion will permit its seating capacity to increase approximately 10,000. The arena is complemented by an attractive entrance, lobbies, ticket offices, and permanent display cases. During the summer of 2010, a new playing surface was installed, and, on October 30, 2010, the floor was dedicated at Homer Drew Court.
The 1984-1985 season marked the beginning for the women’s basketball team to compete in the ARC and since then has hosted several postseason sporting events, including the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for both men’s and women’s basketball as well as volleyball as well as Horizon League Tournament games. The ARC also played host to the quarterfinal round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in 2002.
Valpo basketball’s home through 1984, Hilltop Gymnasium played host to the first 67 years of Crusader men’s basketball and the first 12 seasons of women’s basketball.
Seating 3,500 fans, Hilltop Gym gave way to the Athletics-Recreation Center and disappeared from a prominent role on campus until prior to the 2005-2006 season, when the Valpo athletic department renovated the ARC’s upstairs facility, turning it into a practice gymnasium. The facility, which was renamed Hilltop Gymnasium, provides a practice home for both Valpo’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Schrage Basketball Wing
Dedicated in 1999 as an addition to the Athletics-Recreation Center, the Schrage Basketball Wing is the operations center of Crusader basketball.
The cutting edge facility houses the men’s and women’s basketball coaches offices, a computer lab and study room, video rooms and team lounges.
This is the most likely place to find any player while they’re off the court, and is conveniently located adjacent to the main arena, training room, and locker rooms.