There are few things more electric than the atmosphere at the Stuart C Siegel Center when Havoc aka the VCU men’s basketball team takes the floor. There’s just something about the team, the coach, and the fans that makes it one of the loudest, rowdiest, and most energetic environments a spectator can enjoy.
In size, the Stu isn’t the biggest among college basketball arenas. Even with seating for only 7500, it’s one of the toughest places to play for an opposing team. VCU has a staggering win percentage at home, including going undefeated at the Stu in 2013 – 2014. Just like the players, the fan base leaves it all on the court at the end of game with hoarse voices, sore hands, and mental exhaustion from keeping up with the frenzied pace of “havoc”.
Their devotion at home has been measured via the honor of the 2012 – 2013 Naismith Student Section of the Year awarded to the “Rowdy Rams”. This award carries a distinction for the most passionate student section in college basketball. The team celebrated their 50th consecutive sold out crowd on March 8, 2014. The March 8th milestone coincided with senior night when fans bid a fond farewell to the last of their 2011 Final Four team Juvonte Reddic and Rob Brandenberg.
While some teams have one super fan that stands out in the crowd, VCU has taken it to an entirely different level. A video entitled “The Other Side of Havoc” released during the 2013 – 2014 season showcased some of their beloved favorites, some new while others are long- time veterans. These individuals represent the diversity that make the VCU fan experience truly unique. You can neither distill nor define the essence of this group, it is too complex.
The Stu is the epicenter of a fan base that brings to life the meaning of home court advantage and Havoc Lives Here!