The Preachers of Concordia Seminary played their first basketball game of the season tonight against Concordia-Seward, Nebraska. What made this night memorable was the team's return to historic Peterson Fieldhouse after a year's absence in which restoration took place. Peterson is widely regarded as one of the finest and most authentic basketball courts in the city of St. Louis, having a floor so 'true' it brings many a visiting pro player for a test dribble. The building was originally constructed as an airplane hanger and truth be told, it still has that look from the outside. But the floor...oh, what a floor.
The seminary chorus sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. They also sang for the opening of a Cardinal game back in September.
Starting line up introductions
First tip of the season.
At half time supporters known as "Friends of Peterson" were honored for their help in getting the fieldhouse back to playing condition.
Joyce Peterson, widow of long time coach and fieldhouse namesake, Eldon Peterson, was also recognized at halftime. She is on the right in the red jacket.
Some of the many fans who came to watch.
So? What was the result? The Preachers lost to Seward, but played very well. It should be noted that Concordia-Seward is ranked 6th in NAIA II so they were a formidable opponent.