- Times Union Center
:"Pepsi Arena" redirects here. For the arenas in Denver, see
Pepsi Center; Quebec City, see Colisée Pepsi; Indianapolis, see Pepsi Coliseum."Infobox_Stadium
stadium_name=Times Union Center
location=51 S Pearl St
Albany, NY 12207
February 5, 1987
January 30, 1990
construction_cost= $68.8 million
architect=Clough Harbour & Associates
former_names=Knickerbocker Arena (1990-1997)
Pepsi Arena (1997-2006)
tenants=Albany Firebirds (AFL) (1990-2000)
New York Kick(NPSL) (1990-1991)
Albany Choppers(IHL) (1990-1991)
Albany River Rats(AHL) (1993-present)
Siena Saints (
NCAA) (1997-present) Albany Attack(NLL) (2000-2003)
Albany Conquest (
af2) (2002-2008) Albany Firebirds( af2) (2009-future)
seating_capacity = 6,000 to 17,500
The Times Union Center is an
indoor arenalocated in Albany, New York, with a maximum seating capacity of 17,500 for sporting events. Current tenants include Siena College's men's basketballteam, the Albany River Ratsof the American Hockey League, and the Albany Firebirds(formerly Albany Conquest) of af2.
The building, designed and built by Clough Harbour & Associates at a cost of $68.6 million, was opened on
January 30, 1990as the Knickerbocker Arena with a performance by Frank Sinatra. ["Times Union enters a new arena". Carol DeMare. " Times Union". May 5, 2006.] The naming rightsof the arena were sold to Pepsiin 1997, and it was known as Pepsi Arena from 1998-2006. In May 2006 the naming rights were sold to the " Times Union", a regional newspaper, and the name of the arena became the Times Union Center on January 1, 2007. The building is managed by SMG.
Previous tenants have included the Albany Firebirds of the
Arena Football League, the Albany Patroonsof the Continental Basketball Association, the Albany Choppersof the International Hockey League, the Albany Attackof the National Lacrosse League, and the New York Kickof the National Professional Soccer League. The University at Albany has used the facility for past games against Syracuse Universityand has been approached to use the facility for some dates in the future in the wake of their participation in the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
The Times Union Center also regularly hosts exhibition games of major sports leagues. The
NBA, WNBA, and NHLhave all played games at the arena.
The Times Union Center is often home to the annual
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferencebasketball tournament (1990-96, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008), and hosts the ECAC Hockey Leaguechampionships every March. It will host the MAAC basketball tournament again in 2008 and 2010.In 2003, the Times Union Center hosted the NCAA basketball East Regional, which was won by Syracuse University on their way to their first national championship. The arena also hosted the first and second rounds of the 1995 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournamentas the Knickerbocker Arena.
In 2008, the Times Union Center hosted the NCAA
ice hockeyEast Regional tournament. The arena has hosted ice hockey regionals in even-numbered years since 2004 and is scheduled to host again in 2010, which will be the eighth time the East Regional has been held at the site.
In 2000, the Times Union Center hosted a regional quarterfinal between
St. Lawrence Universityand Boston University, which went into quadruple overtime; becoming the longest game in the history of the tournament and the second longest game in Division I men's college hockey history (it is currently the third longest game).
The Times Union Center also hosted the Frozen Four on two occasions, in 1992 (as Knickerbocker Arena) when
Lake Superior State Universitydefeated Wisconsin for the national championship, and again in 2001 as the Pepsi Arena when Boston Collegedefeated North Dakota.
Since its opening show starring
Frank Sinatraon January 30, 1990 [ [http://www.pepsiarenatickets.com/ Pepsi Arena (Times Union Center) Tickets ] ] , the Times Union Center has become a popular concert venue, due to its proximity to larger cities like New York, Boston, and Montreal, where concert tickets tend to sell out faster. It is within walking distance from the city's Greyhound bus station, as well as being close to hotels, bars and restaurants. The open parking lots near the arena provide an excellent tailgating area for fans before the show.
In 1996, the
jamband The Grateful Deadreleased a concert album from their March 1990 Knickerbocker Arena performances titled " Dozin' at the Knick". [ [http://www.dead101.com/1045.htm Dozin' at the Knick ] ] In 2003, rock band Phishreunited with band co-founder Jeff Holdsworthfor the first time in nearly 18 years.
On December 1, 1998,
Celine Dionbrought her Let's Talk About Love Tourto the arena.
On June 19, 1999,
Shania Twainperformed in the arena as a part of her first major concert tour Come on Over Tour.
On December 3, 2001
Britney Spearsperformed here as part of her Dream Within a Dream Tour.
July 16, 2005, Bruce Springsteenplayed a solo acoustic show here as part of his Devils & Dust Tour.
April 30, 2006, the then Pepsi Arena hosted the annual Parkfest celebration that featured an all day long street festival outside on South Pearl Street. Performances inside the Pepsi included New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional, Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes. The event had previously been held at the Altamont Fairgrounds.
April 17, 2007, Billy Joelplayed his ninth concert at Times Union Center, giving him the highest box office attendance of any artist to play at the arena. A banner was raised in his honor.
September 12, 2007, Genesis (band)played as part of the . The show was part of their reunion tour (the first in 15 years); to feature Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Michael Rutherford playing alongside their touring members Darryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson.
January 9, 2008, the final concert performance for the The Best of Both Worlds Tour(a tour performed by Miley Cyrusand the Jonas Brothers) was performed here.
February 19, 2008, Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ridetour with Josh Turnerhit the arena selling out all 6,500 seats available for the show. This was just one of the sold out shows in the first week of her first headlining tour.
World Wrestling Entertainmenthas visited the arena quite often. Three superstars won their first WWE Championshipin this arena. 1992's "Royal Rumble" took place here. The event is considered one of the most notable events in WWF History as Ric Flairwent over an hour to win the Rumble, and claim the WWF Championship for the first time.
In 2000, the Pepsi Arena hosted the World Wrestling Federation's "No Mercy", notable for the return of Steve Austin to active competition after being injured (in storyline) at the hands of Rikishi. This show also featured
Kurt Anglewinning the WWF Championship for the first time, defeating The Rock.
Around the same time at the then Pepsi Arena, Steve Austin had a beer truck driven down the ramp to the ring and sprayed Vince McMahon and company with beer.
August 28, 2007the Times Union Center held the first live televised "ECW On Sci Fi" accompanied by the first "SmackDown!" taping after WWE Summerslam 2007. The SmackDown taping featured the return of Rey Mysterio to SmackDown after a knee injury. TNA Wrestlingheld their first live event at the arena on September 7, 2008.
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