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Last Bison Basketball Game In The BSA, It's Bittersweet

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Bison men's basketball capped off an era with a win. Saturday's game was the last in the BSA. The arena has been home to many of the university's teams since 1971. Now it's going to be replaced with a new 41-million dollar facility.

Willis Faul has been to countless games here since the 80's. "I remember in the early 90's we used to have big crowds, especially for the women," he reminisces, "When Amy won those championships, this place was rocking."

He remembers the BSA once being a state of the art building. The memories are vivid, but the building is crumbling. "I am glad to see a better facility," says Faul, "I don't want to, it served NDSU all these years, and I think it's time for a change."

Gene Taylor, Director of Athletics says the BSA is getting a complete facelift. "As much emotion as there is, there's a lot of excitement about what's going to happen in two years when we get to come back in the building," he says, "Really to a new state of the art arena."

The arena floor will go down four feet, new chairs for the fans, better locker rooms, and even a place to study.

"The only thing that is going to be remaining is the steel in the building, we are blowing out all the walls," says Taylor, "And expanding in all directions."

Taylor is most excited the weight room won't be above his office any longer. "It literally sounds like a war zone, I have had people in my office that jump through their seat when the weights hit this roof, so to me I think that's going to be the biggest thing," he explains while laughing.

With all the impact the walls have begun to crack, but for Willis, he's excited about the fan friendly new seats. "I like a back rest, and so for years I have buying one of these auxiliary seats, to be honest, I am tired of dragging it in here," says Willis.

It may be a new stomping ground, but these players make up the same family, and home is wherever the bison win.

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