The Fieldhouse bar on Brown Street near the University of Dayton campus has a new ownership group, consisting mostly of alumni, including former UD basketball star Brian Roberts. CONTRIBUTED
The investment group that bought The Fieldhouse is led by Roberts and includes a dozen others, including Farrell; local business owner Josh Stamps; his wife Amy Stamps, a local realtor; and others. Roberts played for UD from 2004-08, earning a place on the all-Atlantic 10 First Team, and went on to play for the New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trailblazers in the NBA.
Roberts said in a release that UD is a special place. “As a former Flyer athlete, I’m excited to stay tied to this close-knit, one-of-a-kind community,” he said. “I hope this is just the beginning.”
The Fieldhouse opened in 1996 in space that formerly housed The Shed. It pays homage to the rich history of Dayton Flyers Athletics, a theme that will continue and will be refreshed with memorabilia highlighting the success of past athletes who have gone on to play professionally in multiple sports, the owners said. An updated drink menu will retain the signature “Fieldhouse Fishbowl” while putting an increased focus on hard seltzers.
Co-owner Josh Stamps, managing partner and co-founder of Miamisburg-based GoKeyless, said several members of the ownership group and their families have deep ties to UD.
“For those reasons, we understand and appreciate The Fieldhouse’s rich history and know it is our role and responsibility to be good stewards of that history while building upon the existing traditions that make The Fieldhouse what it is,” Stamps said.