Alumni Arena (University at Buffalo)

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Alumni Arena
Location 175 Webster Road
Amherst, NY 14221
Coordinates 42°59′57″N 78°46′39″W / 42.99917°N 78.77750°W / 42.99917; -78.77750Coordinates: 42°59′57″N 78°46′39″W / 42.99917°N 78.77750°W / 42.99917; -78.77750
Broke ground 1978
Opened December 3, 1982
Owner University at Buffalo
Operator University at Buffalo
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $26,309,000
($64.3 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Robert Trayham Coles
Structural engineer Sargent Webster Crenshaw & Folley
Capacity 6,100
Buffalo Bulls
(men's and women's Basketball) (NCAA)

Alumni Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Amherst, New York. The arena is home to the University at Buffalo men's and women's basketball teams, the women's volleyball team, and wrestling team. The facility currently seats 6,100 people.


View of Alumni Arena in the fall

The Recreation and Athletics Complex (RAC) on the University's North Campus includes Alumni Arena, a $12.5 million Phase II Building and a $1.5 million outdoor playing fields complex.

Alumni Arena's main gymnasium is home to the Bulls men's and women's basketball teams, wrestling team and the women's volleyball team. The largest "free-floating" hardwood floor in the United States at the time it was built,[citation needed] it features basketball, volleyball and badminton courts circled by a 200-meter track and seating for 6,100 spectators following renovations during the summer of 2004. The arena used to seat more than 8,000 people, but a renovation project funded by the Blue & White club reduced the seating to 6,100 by eliminating bleachers and adding chairbacks.

The student section's location also changed with the renovations. Before the renovations, the students used to generally sit behind the scorer's table, from baseline to baseline, except immediately behind the players' benches.

For basketball, Alumni Arena ranks as the second-largest on-campus facility in the state of New York, behind only Syracuse's Carrier Dome.[citation needed] For volleyball matches, a specially designed sport-court from the 1993 World University Games is utilized.[citation needed]

The building includes three levels of offices, locker rooms, equipment and training-therapy rooms, seminar rooms and racquetball courts. The Phase II Building on the north side of Alumni Arena has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a separate diving well, a triple gymnasium and dance studio. Other areas are a wrestling practice room, two weight-training rooms (a fitness center and a varsity weight room) additional racquetball and squash courts, an erg room, and an aerobics room.

The playing fields complex is located behind Alumni Arena and features lighted soccer fields, field hockey, softball and several multi-purpose fields, 10 tennis courts, two basketball courts, two handball courts and an archery range. On February 3, 2012, the Harlem Globetrotters played on the Bulls court.

On August 22, 2013, President Barack Obama spoke to a sold-out crowd about the rising costs of college tuition.

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  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.

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