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These rare old photos of UD Arena make for some of the best Dayton Flyers nostalgia

As UD Arena prepares for its regular-season debut of the first phase of upgrades, we went into the archives looking for old images of the arena through the years.

They’re fantastic.

In one, then-UD President Father Raymond A. Roesch blesses the shovel used for the groundbreaking on Nov. 6, 1968:

We also found an early rendering of the arena:

In our files, there’s a view from Welcome Stadium of the area where the arena would one day sit:

And, for those who don’t remember or didn’t know UD Arena has hosted much more than basketball, there’s a shot of tennis being played on the arena floor in 1970:


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