Opened in the fall of 1998. Since its opening, the Convocation Center has served as home court for the Eagles’ men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The EMU women’s gymnastics team hosts several meets on the arena floor each season. "The Convo" has permanent seating for 8,900, a 7,500 square foot Auxiliary Gym (with full 94' x 50' basketball court & scoreboard), as well as locker space for teams, officials and athletic training area.
EMU’s athletic administration is located on the office level, along with offices for the EMU football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball coaching staffs. The EMU Athletic Media Relations Office, as well as offices for the Convocation Center staff, are located on the office level.
The main athletic training room and office space for EMU’s sports medicine staff is located on the arena level as are strength and conditioning facilities and equipment rooms. In the summer of 2012, the Convocation Center received a major face-lift, as a YESCO four-sided ceiling hung display sign, featuring video boards on all four sides, was installed above center court in the arena. The fixture features four 10MM full color video boards, with each board’s active area measuring 15.7-foot wide by 11.5-foot tall. In addition, the system also features three ribbon displays on the west and east sides and under the scoreboard. The arena will also showcase an integrated light emitting diode (LED) courtside scorer’s table.
There is no doubt that the Convocation Center has become a special place for athletic events, but there is a warm spot in the hearts of Eastern Michigan fans for Bowen Field House, the home for men’s and women’s basketball games for 43 years.