Dedicated on September 9, 2011, the Stroh Center is named for Kerm and Mary Lu Stroh, after their lead donation of the new facility. Stroh Center serves as a state-of-the-art facility with a modern day training room, practice facility, coaches offices, and locker rooms. With a capacity of 4,387 the Stroh Center is home to the volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball programs at BGSU.
Although the building was not dedicated until September 9, the Stroh Center Era began on August 13, when 4,103 fans packed the building to watch Sanctus Real and Tenth Avenue North perform live in concert.
After the building was dedicated on September 9, the volleyball team was the first athletic program to compete in game action in the Stroh Center. Welcoming Michigan State to town, the BGSU volleyball team knocked off the Spartans in four sets. The first volleyball game in the Stroh Center drew a crowd of 2,961.
The volleyball team went on to post a home record of 6-5 (.545) in the inaugural season at Stroh Center.
On November 11, 2011, the men's basketball team played their first game inside the friendly confines of Stroh Center. As they welcomed Howard (and former BGSU president, Dr. Sidney Ribeau) to town. The Falcons would post a convincing 63-48 win over the Bisons, in front of 3,476.
Six days later, the women's basketball program would get their opportunity to play their first game in Stroh Center, as
they faced the daunting task of welcoming the 16th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers to town. The Falcons would take a two-point lead into the half, before succumbing to the Boilermakers, 54-53. 1,932 Falcon fans would see the Falcons take Purdue to the wire in the first women's baksetball game in the Stroh Center Era.
On February 11, the largest announced crowd in the first year of Stroh Center packed the house, as the Falcon men's basketball team overcame a 13-point deficit to knock off archrival Toledo, 66-63. A raucous crowd of 4,421 were in the building to witness the Falcons thrilling win.
The men's and women's basketball teams combined to compile a home record of 26-6 (.813) during the inaugural season at Stroh Center, with the men going 12-4 (.750), and the women going 14-2 (.875).
In March, Bowling Green State University hosted first and second round games of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Welcoming Florida (9-seed), Ohio State (8-seed), UC Santa Barbara (16-seed), and top overall seed, Baylor, to town, a total of 8,302 fans watched the three NCAA Tournament games.
On Sunday, March 18, Florida and Ohio State kicked off the NCAA Tournament at the Stroh Center, with the Gators advancing past the Buckeyes with a 70-65 win. In the second game, Brittney Griner and the Bears were dominant, posting an 81-40 win over the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara.
The following Tuesday (March 20), Baylor would advance past Florida with a 76-57 win - a game that included a dunk by
Baylor's Brittney Griner, the first dunk in Stroh Center women's baksetball history. After Bowling Green and the Stroh Center, Baylor would go on to complete a 40-0 season, winning the National Championship in 2012.
On top of BGSU athletic events, the Stroh Center hosts OHSAA basketball games, concerts, and other exciting events all year long.
The Stroh Center will enter its second season in 2012-13.