It seems a little odd for officials with a Division I basketball program to be asked whether they’re considering a move to a arena seating less than 4,000, but UMass basketball need a shot in the arm — which may have came when the Minutemen hosted Holy Cross at Curry Hicks Cage.
Curry Hicks Cage opened in 1932 and originally sported a dirt floor, upon which a wood court would be laid for a basketball game or other special event. It’s not very large — a crowd of 3,395 pretty much filled the place Saturday — but it certainly is historic, and it certainly is old. There are some who would like to see UMass basketball move back to Curry Hicks Cage, as the program has been in decline at the box office. (Indeed, the Curry Hicks Cage crowd was the second-largest of the season so far.)
But it’s highly unlikely the Minutemen will retun to Curry Hicks Cage anytime soon, according to athletic director John McCutcheon: Mullins Center was built because the Minutemen outgrew Curry Hicks Cage in the mid-1990s, and when the program rebounds they’ll need that arena’s capacity. Still, it’s fun to see college basketball still being played at such a historic old arena like Curry Hicks Cage.
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