Who will miss the ol' RAC? This guy!
2/7/2013 11:05:00 AM
It's grey. It looks like an attempt to build a pyramid that either ran out of money, or ran out of interest. It has a flat roof. I never know which doors are open, and which are locked, each time I go there. When I stand by the basketball court, I feel like the chairs and bleachers are all about to fall on me. There are 4 big red pillars that I always seem to sit behind every time I go to a game. It's the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, called "the RAC" by those in the know, and after 35 years, the ol' gal is having some work done. Think of it as a face-lift for one of the loudest...and most unique...venues in all of college sports. Visting players and coaches HATE it there, because of the noise level and the proximity of the hometown fans. Engineers have snapped countless slide rules over their knees in frustration from trying to figure out just how the building even stands. Friends of mine in the RU athletics department tell me, "it's a great gym, but it's ONLY a great gym", and in this day and age of high-pressure recuiting, a "great gym" alone won't get a kid to sign to play here. So the RAC is set to move into the 21st century with bells, whistles, and other fan ammenities that we've become acccustomed to. But to me, the RAC will always have a special place in my heart, as it's the place that I saw my first NBA game. As a kid, my Dad won some New Jersey Nets tickets in a raffle, and took me and some of my friends to see them play the Portland Trailblazers, who were pretty good at the time. The Nets won in OT, and Mike Newlin had a terrific night. Thus began my life as a basketball fan, and I have the RAC to thank for it. I do have one unfinished piece of business with that building, though; I've always wanted to try and walk up one of those slanted corners of the building, all the way up to the roof. Think they'll let me?