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    BB in the Armory

    Out of boredom I checked in on the "Campus Life" forum to see what might be happening. They are talking about tearing down the Armory. Guess I presumed it had fallen down decades ago. Anyone else around who attended BB games there? You think Hilton is loud. The noise created when everyone in the upper levels started stomping on the steal plate flooring was incredible. It only held 6 or 7 thousand, but the noise was confined and it really got loud. Also remember the fridgid walk back across the old "drill field" to my room in Westgate.



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    Re: BB in th Armory

    Anyone know where some pictures of the inside during a game are? Would like to see state gym also.



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    Re: BB in th Armory

    Anyone with old editions of the "Bomb" and a scan capability should be able to come up with several good pictures. The 58 Bomb has pictures of John Crawford and Wilt on the floor in the Armory. Am going to get my taxes done tomorrow. Depending on how I make out, I may upgrade and will then be able to scan in some of my late 50s-early 60s pictures.



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    Re: BB in th Armory

    Quote Originally Posted by d30fan View Post
    . Also remember the fridgid walk back across the old "drill field" to my room in Westgate.
    :) where were these?



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    Re: BB in th Armory

    I would LOVE to see pictures of games in the Armory.



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    Re: BB in th Armory

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    Anyone know where some pictures of the inside during a game are? Would like to see state gym also.

    well if u have a chance to see the 150yrs of bball dvd then u get to see some of those things.. as far as pictures idk..


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    Re: BB in th Armory

    If you're near campus, the walls of the staircases in State Gym have old pictures of events in Beyer, State, and the Armory. Some are "real" games I believe but most are things like the intramural championships from the early-mid 1900s



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    Re: BB in th Armory

    The other day Ohio St. played in their old gym due to a Springsteen concert. I thought it would be cool to see one game in the armory.



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    Re: BB in th Armory

    I've always found this stuff sort of interesting. I've spent many hours searching through pictures/videos of Iowa basketball games at the Fieldhouse, and I did run across something on ISU in the Armory.

    It's amazing the history that can be found in some of these run-down old buildings. it would be a shame if they tear down the Armory.


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    Re: BB in th Armory

    Pretty sure the noise from the Armory cost me some hearing in my later years! Loudest I ever heard the place was a wrestling meet between Ok St and ISU--ended in a 12/12 tie (8 wrestlers/team). Twas a blast!!! Top wrestlers from that meet for ISU were the "pin twins": Gordon Hassman and Tom Peckham. Yep, a lot of memories came out of that building!



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    Re: BB in th Armory

    Quote Originally Posted by gocy1 View Post
    Pretty sure the noise from the Armory cost me some hearing in my later years! Loudest I ever heard the place was a wrestling meet between Ok St and ISU--ended in a 12/12 tie (8 wrestlers/team). Twas a blast!!! Top wrestlers from that meet for ISU were the "pin twins": Gordon Hassman and Tom Peckham. Yep, a lot of memories came out of that building!
    Yes, I was at that meet. Hassman was supposedly riding (I can't recall his name) but was nearly reversed and in jeopardy of being pinned. Hassman had (I still can't remember his name)'s ankle so no reversal points were awarded but Hassman's shoulders were near the mat. The ref was watching for the pin and, due to the tremendous noise, could not hear the buzzer go off. The timekeepers threw a towel but missed the ref and he didn't see it so the action continued. Another towel missed and finally someone had to walk out on the map and nudge the ref to let him know that time had expired. They must have wrestled an extra 15 to 20 seconds.

    Yes, that was LOUD!!!!


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    Re: BB in th Armory

    even walking through the armory today, one can quickly imagine how cool it would have been to watch an event there



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    Re: BB in th Armory

    I would hate to see them tear down the armory. What are they using it for these days. In my day they had a lot of ROTC activities and also the University Rec Services in there.



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    I wonder what they would do with all the design students and ROTC programs if they tore it down. I would hate to see it go - one of the better years of my life (the year I spent as a pre-arch major) was spent in the armory - better than any class at the College of Design building


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    I will chain myself to the armory. They better now tear it down. I spent many a day there.



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