Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena
The Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena is home to the men's and women's basketball teams as well as the Seahawk volleyball squad. The Arena includes seating for 1,200 fans and a hardwood maple court named after St. Mary's Hall of Fame coach, Ed Cole.
Blocking at the net Volleyball began the winning tradition at the MPOBARC Arena with a 3-0 shutout of Wesley College on September 10, 2005 while the men's basketball program owns a 32-0 regular-season (not including CAC & NCAA tournament games) home record since February 2, 2008.
The MPOBARC Arena has served as the host of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament First & Second Rounds in 2010 and 2011. It was also the host site for the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament Sectionals in 2010.
The MPOBARC resulted from the renovation and expansion of Somerset Hall. The MPOBARC opened in the spring of 2005 and houses, along with the arena for basketball and volleyball, an Olympic-size 50-meter swimming pool and a fitness center that nearly doubled the size of the original facility as the entire complex is 110,000-square feet.
The recreational courts and 25-yard pool from old Somerset Hall remain in use for recreation, club sports, classes and an intramural program that offers everything from soccer to flag football to volleyball.