The Drexel Dragons basketball team has made four NCAA Tournament appearances in the school’s history, all of them between 1986 and 1996. The Dragons have also been to the D-II NCAA Tournament four times as well, all of those between 1957 and 1967. Could 2016 be the start of the next great 10-year run for the Dragons?
Drexel is in the college basketball hotbed of Philadelphia. While the “Big 5” schools of Villanova, Temple, Penn, St. Joseph’s and LaSalle get most of the attention in the city, Drexel is quite at home at the Daskalakis Athletic Center which is known by the students as the “DAC”.
The DAC opened in 1975 and seats just over 2300 Dragons fans on plastic bleachers for the home games. While the DAC lacks the grand entrances of other Philly basketball venues such as the Palestra or Temple’s Liacouras Center, it’s charm is that is an “old school” gym, where you go to watch basketball and not be seen.
The Drexel student section is known as the “DAC Pack” and they generate quite a bit of noise for the Dragons opponents to deal with while visiting the DAC. You can enjoy the great college basketball atmosphere in this intimate setting, with seats close to the court and your favorite concession items such as hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, pizza, funnel cake and more,
The Dragons are part of the Colonial Athletic Association, which includes schools with great basketball tradition such as Hofstra, Elon, James Madison, Towson, UNC-Wilmington, William & Mary, Delaware and College of Charleston.
Some of the great players in Drexel history include Michael Anderson and Malik Rose, both who went on to the NBA. Is the next Drexel star to play in the NBA on the team this season? Come to the DAC and find out.
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