Bob Carpenter Center
|Address||631 South College Avenue|
|Owner||University of Delaware|
|Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (NCAA) (1992–present)
Delaware 87ers (NBA D-League) (2013–present)
Bob Carpenter Center is a 5,100-seat multi-purpose arena, in Newark, Delaware, named in honor of benefactor and trustee, R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr. (1915–1990). Students at the University of Delaware have nicknamed it "The Bob."
The arena opened in 1992 and was designed by HOK Sport (now known as Populous), who have been involved in more than 150 sports and recreation projects. The construction of the building cost $20.5 million. In late 2010, the University constructed an addition, which includes two full-size basketball courts, new offices and locker rooms for the basketball and volleyball programs, and a new entrance plaza.
The arena section of the building is named in honor of Frank E. Acierno, a local businessman and developer, who donated $1 million to the Bob Carpenter Center, the largest gift from a single donor.
It is home to the University of Delaware Blue Hens basketball teams (men and women), and since fall of 2013, the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. It also hosted a preseason game for the Philadelphia 76ers vs. the Boston Celtics. It has hosted one preseason game for the Chicago Sky, the WNBA team of UD product Elena Delle Donne, each year since 2014.
It also hosts other events, such as the WWE, music and comedy concerts, and craft fairs.
- "University of Delaware Athletic Fund - CAPITAL PROJECTS / FACILITIES". University of Delaware. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
- "2013-14 Sixers Schedule". NBA. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
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