While the old Main Gym and Down's Gymnasium played host to countless unforgettable memories, Lower Merion Basketball proudly begins the next chapter of Aces history in their beautiful new home: the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium. The 1300-seat facility is nothing short of Aces Nation heaven. Kobe was on hand as the new gym was officially dedicated in his honor at a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 16, 2010.
The focal point of the gym's interior is a soaring, inspirational mural that stretches across all four walls, rising 18 feet from bleachers to rafters. The mural depicts Aces basketball legends like Kobe, Bill "Andy" Anderson, Dutch Sivertsen, Billy Holland, Jim Brogan, Ryan Brooks, Garrett Williamson and Gregg Downer as well as girls basketball and wrestling stars. An entire wall is dedicated to Aces Nation's fans, including the famed Dawg Pound student section. Key accomplishments, including the 1996 and 2006 state championships are represented as are iconic moments and personalities.
The images are woven together with words that have special meaning within the Aces basketball community. Integrity. Attitude. Tradition. Pride. Passion. Teamwork. Dedication. Energy. Enthusiasm. Commitment. These are words that define the Lower Merion Basketball legacy.
The playing surface is a sparkling, hand-painted maple wood floor, complete with bold Lower Merion imagery - Ace the Bulldog and Ace of Spades logos, and the classic, intersecting LM letters at center court.
Just outside the gym is the Aces Nation Atrium, a public area with displays that pay tribute to the rich tradition of Aces Athletics. An 80-foot curved wall features a timeline with pictures chronicling some of the greatest athletes and moments in Lower Merion sports history. The timeline begins with legendary basketball coach "Andy" Anderson's state title teams of the 1930's and 40's, and moves through the decades, highlighting standout teams, athletes and coaches like Fritz Brennan, Mitch McDaniel, Jay Sigel, Sarah Lowe, John Christmas, Lorraine Weldon, the 1987 state champion soccer team, Will Kohler, and Myra Sack among many others. The timeline also features a glass display case containing Kobe Bryant memorabilia, including his retired #33 jersey, 1996 Parade All-American Award, 1996 State Championship trophy, and several pairs of autographed sneakers.
Adjacent to the gym is a state-of-the art strength and fitness center that provides aspiring LM athletes an ideal space to work out and improve strength, speed, agility and overall conditioning. Equipment includes an extensive array of Life Fitness exercise and cardio machines, Hammer Strength stations and free weights. Next door, a full service training room is staffed by a professional athletic trainer, with a focus on injury prevention and recovery.