KSU Convocation Center – Kennesaw State Owls

by | Dec 4, 2018 | Lloyd Brown, NCAA Basketball |

Fanfare Score

Total Score
3.57

Crowd Score

Total Score
3.57

 

Where Owls Avoid Fouls

Kennesaw State University is one of the fastest growing schools in the Georgia University system. Founded in 1963, KSU is now the third largest public university in the state with more than 35,000 students. Located in the northwestern suburbs of Atlanta, the school is known for its programs in the fields of Business, Education and Nursing. Its campus features very contemporary architecture in both its academic and residential structures as many of the buildings were built in the 1990’s or early 2000’s.

The Kennesaw State athletic teams are known as the Owls and their home roost is in the KSU Convocation Center. The Center opened in 2005, and as its name suggests, is used for a variety of purposes. It is prominently located on the campus green, right next to the Administration Building. The facility holds 4,500 fans in its basketball configuration. The Owls basketball program has only been in existence since 1986, and it played at the Division II level until 2004. It departed Division II with a bang, winning the 2004 Division II National Championship. Since joining the NCAA at the Division I level the Owls play in the Atlantic Sun Conference. This conference includes schools such as Jacksonville, North Florida and Stetson. KSU is unafraid of playing the major schools, as it has successfully competed with schools such as Kansas State, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

Food & Beverage 3

The Convocation Center offers two identical concession stands. They serve a bare minimum of arena standards, but at reasonable prices. Here is an overview of the menu: nachos ($3), hot dogs ($3), popcorn ($2.50), chips ($2), boxed candy ($2). The stands serve Coca-Cola beverages, including 24-ounce sodas ($2.50), and bottled water ($2.50).

We suggest you have your pregame meal at one of the countless restaurants lining Chastain Road, and use the KSU concessions stand for snacks or a beverage.

Atmosphere 4

When one hears the name ‘Convocation Center” you probably expect a plain nondescript multipurpose building. You will be very presently surprised by the Owls home. You enter the facility at a lobby filled with the history of athletics at KSU (The KSU football team is only 4 years old and has already won several conference titles.) The lobby’s centerpiece is the 2004 Division II National Championship trophy.

As you enter the main seating area you will see that this is not a plain-Jane auditorium. The basketball court features a huge KSU logo at midcourt and the seating around the court features the vibrant gold and black team colors of Kennesaw State. The south wall of the seating area is dominated by a huge video board, which features replays, statistical information and information on upcoming events. There are also ribbon boards extending out around the arena.

The seating areas consist of individual seats, rather than benches, and they extend to all four corners of the court. One end of the court is reserved for the KSU pep band and students. The sight lines are very good no matter where your seats are located.

Neighborhood 4

Kennesaw State’s campus is surrounded by Cobb Town Center, a retail, residential and office district which developed long after the school was founded. Its centerpiece is the Town Center Mall, which has more than 175 stores. The area also has a wide variety of dining establishments… a much different mix than the pizza parlor and dive joints that are usually located close to a college campus. Two of the more popular eateries are Taco Mac and California Dreaming. The nearby Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers miles of hiking and biking trails in addition to its historic area.

KSU benefits in having all these services and establishments at its doorstep. It is also just suburban enough to miss most of the massive traffic issues of metro Atlanta.

Fans 3

KSU fans are very polite, as they never boo… they hoo! A Hoo can be used in a positive way… such as when a KSU player hits a three-point shot, or in a negative way… when a foul is called on the opposition and the student body points at the offender and shouts HOO?  Either way, it’s hard for the visitors to be offended by this humorous form of a cheer. The student body takes its cheering cues from  Scrappy, the owl mascot for the team.

The basketball program has gone through several losing seasons since moving up to Division I status. It has also been usurped by the Owls football program as the main sport on campus. The football Owls have gone deep in the FCS playoffs each of the last three years. These factors have impacted both the attendance and enthusiasm of the fans for the basketball program.

Access 4

Kennesaw State University is easily accessed via I-75 at the Chastain Road exit (exit # 271).  After exiting the interstate, go west on Chastain Road to the first red light. Turn right at this light onto Frey Road. At the next light, turn left into the East Parking Deck of the KSU campus. The Convocation Center will be to your left as you exit the parking deck towards the campus green.

Return on Investment 5

A visit to the KSU Convocation Center for an Owls game is a wise investment indeed. Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on game day. Children under the age of 12 and seniors’ tickets are $12. Parking in the parking deck adjoining the Convocation Center is free. The concessions are very reasonably priced.

Most KSU fans commute to ball games, but there are several reasonably priced hotels just down the street from the campus. The campus is also located very close to a major historical attraction at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, which charges a nominal parking fee.   

Extras 3

The student section at Owls games is known as the Parliament. The explanation for this rather strange name is that a group of owls is known as a parliament, just as you have a flock of seagulls or a school of fish.

The KSU campus is ideally situated for pre or postgame activities. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers both an educational outing on the role the battle played on the key loss of Atlanta by the Confederacy, as well as a recreational opportunity to test one of its many hiking trails. If you prefer indoor activities, the Town Center Mall is less than 3 miles from the Convocation Center.

Final Thoughts

The Convocation Center at Kennesaw State University is an excellent facility to watch Owls basketball. It offers  great sight lines, comfortable seating and an excellent electronic video experience. What is lacking is a competitive team which is finding the transition from Division II to Division I to be a very difficult one. This hurts its score within our Fan section.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

California Dreaming

745 Chastain Rd NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 428-2055

http://www.californiadreaming.co


Taco Mac

600 Chastain Rd NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 874-7781

http://www.tmacrestaurants.com/location/kennesaw


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Entertainment Recommendations

Town Center at Cobb

400 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 424-0742

http://www.simon.com/mall/town-center-at-cobb


Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield

900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr

Kennesaw, GA 30146

(770) 427-4686

https://www.nps.gov/kemo


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Lodging Recommendations

 

Comfort Suites At Kennesaw State University

3366 Busbee Dr NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144

(678) 275-2090

https://www.choicehotels.com/georgia/kennesaw


 

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Atlanta Kennesaw

3425 Busbee Dr NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 427-9700

http://www.marriott.com/hotels


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Crowd Reviews

Latest Crowd Reviews

Date: 2018-12-04 08:49:34
By: Legacy Review

Total Score
3.57

You can’t help but enjoy yourself in this facility.

Stadium Info

KSU Convocation Center
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Kennesaw State Owls website

KSU Convocation Center website

Year Opened: 2005

Capacity: 4,600

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