My best and most important memory of Freedom Hall came only a few years ago, during the 2007 season. My wife's little brother had bought season tickets and we had went to a couple of games. My Dad who is a life long die hard UofL fan ( He wears UofL gear everyday of the year, win or lose, bad team or good team) had never been to Freedom Hall for a basketball game in his life. I had asked my wife's brother if it would be OK if I bought some tickets from him to take my Dad, he obliged and asked which game, it was mid February and the Notre Dame game was coming up, so I asked for those, he said OK.
I will never forget the expression on my Dad's face when we arrived and walked into our seats in Section 317 row L seats 3 and 4. The look on his face reminded me of the scene from "Rudy" when his Dad walks into Notre Dame stadium and was in complete awe. He was so happy to be there and the fact that we dominated the majority of that game only made it better. He thanked me for brining him and said that he would always remember this night. From that point on we have tried to make to as many games as we possibly can together, including this Saturday.
We will be at the game Saturday, as I told him I would not allow him to miss the final game in our beloved Freedom Hall. Even when we go there for Car Shows, Fair, or Concerts all we ever think about is the hardwood laid down and the band playing, the handstands, the guy running and jumping, the young man who dances in the aisles every game. Thank you Freedom Hall you given myself and I think all of us, many memories that we will always remember.