The Stetson men's basketball team has called the J. Ollie Edmunds Center home since 1974, but the Hatters have been anything but gracious hosts to their opponents. For the past 34 years, the Hatters have had just one losing season at home and have won 67 percent of their games, posting a 314-154 all-time record.
The Edmunds Center opened its doors on Dec. 5, 1974, as Hatter fans witnessed a 73-58 Stetson victory over Marshall. SU went on to win the next game, and the next, and the next. In fact, the Hatters went a perfect 16-0 at home that season, and they won their first 20 consecutive games played at the Edmunds Center.
Maintaining a top-notch athletic facility is a continual process, and the work at the Edmunds Center has been at a pace to keep up with the development of the athletic program itself.
Over the years, the Edmunds Center has received a number of physical modifications and equipment upgrades. The scoreboards, shot clocks, bleachers, bench seating, illuminated media tables, floor design and lobby showcase have all recently been upgraded. New chairs were purchased for the team bench areas in 1998. In 1999, NBA-style baskets were added. In 2000, the maplewood floor was completely sanded and repainted, and new scoreboards were installed. In 2002, banners were hung in the Edmunds Center rafters for each member of the Stetson Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2005, new bleachers were installed in the east side of the arena.
The floor was originally installed eight seasons ago to replace an old tartan surface. The new floor, which covers both the main court and secondary court, cost approximately $130,000 with the inclusion of bleacher repair.
Eight modern locker rooms are housed in the Edmunds Center, among them the men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, softball and volleyball locker rooms.
Also home to Stetson women's basketball and volleyball, the Edmunds Center houses coaches and staff offices. In addition, the complex contains a crew team workout facility, dressing rooms, a ticket office and an athletic training room.
The Edmunds Center was home to the men's 1991 and 1996 Trans America Athletic Conference Tournaments as well as the women's tournament in 1997. It also served as training camp site for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association in 1992 and 1993, and hosted the NCAA Volleyball Tournament First Round in 1996.
Directions to the Edmunds Center (143 E. Pennsylvania Ave. DeLand)
From Orlando/Tampa (I-4 Eastbound)
Take the first DeLand Exit (114) and turn left on State Road 472. Travel approximately three miles and fork right onto Highway 17/92, which becomes Woodland Boulevard. Travel through downtown DeLand (5 miles) to the Stetson campus area and turn right on Pennsylvania Ave. The Edmunds Center is on the left and parking is on the right.
From Jacksonville (I-95 Southbound)
Take the Speedway Blvd. Exit (261) and head west approximately 20 miles into DeLand. Pass the Holiday Inn and turn left on Amelia Ave. Go to the second stoplight and turn right on Pennsylvania Ave. The Edmunds Center is on the right and parking is on the left.
From Miami (I-95 Northbound)
Take exit 249 and head west on State Road 44 approximately 20 miles into DeLand. SR 44 becomes New York Ave. Turn right on Amelia Ave. and continue to the third stop light. Turn left on Pennsylvania Ave. The Edmunds Center is on the right and parking is on the left.
From Ocala (I-75)
Take Exit 358 and head east on State Road 326. Travel approximately 15 miles and turn left on State Road 40. Travel approximately 45 miles and turn right on US Highway 17. Travel approximately 15 miles into DeLand. US 17 becomes Woodland Blvd. Turn left on Pennsylvania Ave. The Edmunds Center is on the left and parking is on the right.