Hofstra Arena

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David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex
"The Mack"
David S Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex 1.jpg
Full nameDavid S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex
Location245 North Hofstra Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11549
Coordinates40°43′11″N 73°35′49″W / 40.719681°N 73.596865°W / 40.719681; -73.596865Coordinates: 40°43′11″N 73°35′49″W / 40.719681°N 73.596865°W / 40.719681; -73.596865
OwnerHofstra University
OperatorHofstra University
Broke groundOctober 1998
OpenedJanuary 2, 2000
Construction cost$15 million
($22.6 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectStanMar Inc.
Hofstra Pride

The David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, also known as Mack Sports Complex, or just "The Mack" for short, is a 5,023-seat multi-purpose arena in Hempstead, New York. The arena opened in 1999 and replaced the Hofstra Physical Fitness Center.


It is home to the Hofstra University Pride men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the nationally ranked Pride wrestling team. It hosted the 2000 and 2001 title games of the America East Conference men's basketball tournaments, and also hosted two Postseason NIT games in 2006 (against Nebraska of the Big Twelve, and Old Dominion of the CAA). In 2006, Hofstra Arena was renamed the 'David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex'. Hofstra belongs to the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association). Before an overtime loss to Drexel University in February, the Pride had previously won 28 consecutive regular season home games at the Mack. The Mack was also home to the nation's second longest home win streak (behind Gonzaga University) in 2006, before the Pride's NIT Quarterfinals loss to Old Dominion University. Hofstra University Men's Basketball has developed an excellent fan base on Long Island, especially in Nassau County, as it continues to have winning seasons year after year.

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Hofstra Arena also hosts other events year round, such as college fairs, graduations and Kellenberg Memorial High School's Blue and Gold Sports Night. "The Mack" also hosted the final Presidential Debate of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama[2] as well as the town hall format of the second Presidential Debate of the 2012 Presidential election between Republican Mitt Romney and incumbent President Barack Obama. On September 26, 2016, it hosted the first Presidential Debate of the 2016 election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Hernandez, Javier C. (October 14, 2008). "Hofstra University Is Agog Over the Presidential Debate on Its Turf". The New York Times. Retrieved January 8, 2010.

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