Rare photos of the site, groundbreaking and black-and-white views of UD Arena make for great Flyers nostalgia.

These rare old photos of UD Arena make for some of the best Dayton Flyers nostalgia

As UD Arena prepares for its regular-season debut of the first phase of upgrades, we went into the archives looking for old images of the arena through the years.

They’re fantastic.

In one, then-UD President Father Raymond A. Roesch blesses the shovel used for the groundbreaking on Nov. 6, 1968:

Father Roesch blessed the shovel an ground for the UD Arena groundbreaking November 6, 1968.

We also found an early rendering of the arena:

1968 artist's rendering of UD Arena.

In our files, there’s a view from Welcome Stadium of the area where the arena would one day sit:

View looking south from Welcome Stadium near the future site of UD Arena. WALT KLEIN / JOURNAL HERALD

And, for those who don’t remember or didn’t know UD Arena has hosted much more than basketball, there’s a shot of tennis being played on the arena floor in 1970:

Tennis inside UD Arena in 1970. BILL KOEHLER / STAFF

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