Siena Men's Basketball Unveils New Seating Configuration Within Times Union Center
New Arena Layout Designed to Offer More Intimate and Enthusiastic Setting for Fans, Players
ALBANY, N.Y., May 23, 2007 – The Siena athletic department today unveiled a new seating arrangement at the Times Union Center for the 2007-08 men's basketball season that is designed to provide a more intimate and charged atmosphere for fans.
The move, which will cap the capacity for each Siena men's basketball home game at 8,065, is reflective of the growing trend among new stadiums and arenas to limit seating in favor of a more collegiate, energized environment.
The new configuration will be utilized for all Siena men's home games at the Times Union Center with the exception of the annual contest against the University at Albany.
“We decided to make these changes based on comprehensive feedback and discussions with our most loyal fans and stakeholders, including Siena season ticket holders, coaches and the Saints Alive! Advisory Council,” said Siena College athletic director John D'Argenio. “The overwhelming sentiment was that we needed to take constructive steps to increase the energy and intensity within the arena to make each home game a truly memorable and unforgettable experience. We also wanted to create a heightened sense of urgency and demand for each ticket to our home games, which offer premium entertainment at a reasonable cost.”
The new configuration will not displace any current Siena season ticket holders.
Seating for the 2007-'08 season will be limited to the central sections of the Times Union Center on both the lower and upper levels. Seating will be available within sections 101 to 109 and 116 to 124 on the lower level and from sections 205 to 209 and 227 to 231 on the upper level. Seating for Siena students in the end zones behind each basket will not be affected.
The new arrangement will yield 7,615 available seats or a total of 8,065 including seating within the arena's suites.
Siena's plans are consistent with the recent trend in stadium and arena design where less often translates into more.
The Oakland A's baseball team reported an increase in revenue in 2006 despite closing off the upper deck of McAfee Coliseum. Both the New York Yankees and New York Mets are building new stadiums that are significantly smaller than their current ballparks, following what has become a well established trend in architectural stadium design that began with the opening of Camden Yards in Baltimore in the early 1990s.
According to one of college basketball's top arena web sites, collegehoopsnet.com, two of the five loudest arenas in the nation have a seating capacity of less than 10,000: Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) and Rutgers' Louis Brown Athletic Center (8,000).
The Times Union Center will now also compare favorably to the home venues of other premier Division I programs including Villanova which plays to a capacity of 6,500; Boston College whose Conte Forum holds 8,600 fans; and the Carnesecca Arena at St. John's with 6,000 seats.
“From both a coach's and player's perspective, we are eagerly anticipating competing on our home court before a newly energized, electrified crowd, ” said Siena men's basketball head coach Fran McCaffery. “We believe the new, more intimate setting will be well received by our already enthusiastic fan base, which will translate into an even more formidable home court advantage for our student athletes. At the end of the day, the Times Union Center will become an even more feared venue for opposing teams.”
Season ticket renewals for the 2007-08 Siena men's basketball season are now underway. In addition, deposits are now being accepted for new season ticket holders by calling the Times Union Center Box Office or by calling 518-487-2281.