Troy University says farewell to old basketball arena

TROY, AL (WSFA) - The Troy University Trojans will say goodbye to a long-standing hub of campus activity with a special event Tuesday.

From 5:30 p.m. the Troy Alumni Association will host "So Long, Sartain," a last-chance opportunity for students, faculty, alumni and the rest of the Trojan community to pay their respects to the building before it is demolished in late July.

Named for 40-year professor Auxford Sartain, the basketball arena was built in 1962 as a physical education building. It has since seen countless basketball games, concerts, dances, commencements and numerous other Trojan activities, according to Trojan Athletics.

But now, the new student recreation center that is currently under construction will take over where Sartain Hall leaves off.

"We wanted to give former players, fans and staff the opportunity to see Sartain before it comes down," said Bill Hopper, president of the Alumni Association. "It's really an opportunity for people to come back and not just see Sartain one last time, but go into it and walk around if they want."

Tuesday's goodbye event will be free and open to the public with refreshments being served at a tent outside the arena.

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