Hailed as one of the finest collegiate venues for spectator involvement and enthusiasm, the Reilly Center has provided St. Bonaventure basketball with a tremendous home court advantage.
Since its doors opened in 1966, the Reilly Center has served as the focal point for the St. Bonaventure spirit. It's the "place to be" on game nights, not only for the campus community but throughout the region. Students regularly stand in line for hours prior to tip-off in order to gain the best seats. Season ticket holders pass on their seats through generations. Bonnies fans are just as passionate as they are loyal and they pack the Reilly Center to cheer their beloved Brown and White.
College basketball experts and coaches throughout the country have departed the Reilly Center with appreciation for its character and atmosphere. ESPN's Jay Bilas ranked the Reilly Center as one of his "Top 5 Hostile Homes" in 2001. In January 2015, the Buffalo News listed a visit to the Reilly Center for a basketball game one of its "50 Things Every Western New Yorker Should Do Once."
"The place is always rockin' and rollin' - it was showtime! The emotion, the spirit, the noise and the enthusiasm was something to see. The RC is one of the great home court advantages in college basketball."
- Dick Vitale, ESPN College Basketball Analyst
"The Reilly Center has enjoyed multiple stretches as one of the game's most hostile venues. Fans arrive early and don't wait until tipoff to start cheering. In good years, you don't want to play at the Reilly Center ... this is one of America's more underrated venues."
- ESPN.com, July 2016