Island Federal Credit Union Arena

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Island Federal Credit Union Arena
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Island Federal Arena during a Stony Brook men's basketball game
Former namesStony Brook University Arena (1990–2014)
Location100 John S. Toll Drive, Stony Brook, New York, 11790
Coordinates40°55′03″N 73°07′33″W / 40.91741°N 73.125955°W / 40.91741; -73.125955Coordinates: 40°55′03″N 73°07′33″W / 40.91741°N 73.125955°W / 40.91741; -73.125955
OwnerState University of New York
OperatorStony Brook University
Capacity4,160
SurfaceHardwood
Construction
Opened1990
October 3, 2014 (re-opening)
Renovated2012–2014
Construction cost$17 million
$21.1 million renovation
Tenants
Stony Brook Seawolves (1990–2011, 2014–present)
Website
www.stonybrookathletics.com

The Island Federal Credit Union Arena, commonly known as Island Federal Arena[1], formerly known as the Stony Brook University Arena, is a 4,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Stony Brook, New York. It is the home of the Stony Brook Seawolves men's and women's basketball teams. Originally built in 1990, it underwent a $21.1 million renovation in 2012–14. Naming rights were sold to a regional credit union, Island Federal Credit Union.[2] The Island Federal Arena has hosted the America East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament finals in 2012 and 2016, as well as the NBA G League Finals in 2019.[3][4][5]

It contains four scoreboards and two video boards, plus four luxury suites with 16 seats each.[6] It is also used for concerts, trade shows, conventions, graduations and other special events.

History[edit]

The Stony Brook University Arena opened in 1990 at a construction cost of $17 million.[7] It served as the West Wing for the Stony Brook Indoor Sports Complex.

In April 2008, Stony Brook announced plans to renovate its arena.[7] A $21.1 million renovation of the Stony Brook University Arena was announced with $20 million provided by the State of New York and an additional $1 million provided by private donations.[8] It included a seating capacity for 4,008 spectators, four luxury boxes and a VIP lounge area at the loge level with premium courtside seating. During the renovations, both basketball teams played at Pritchard Gymnasium, which like the Island Federal Credit Union Arena, is part of the Stony Brook Sports Complex.[9]

During the arena's renovation, the basketball court was rotated 90 degrees from its original angle, and the seating bowl was built around it.[10] The old arena contained gaps in the seating bowl, and the renovation faced challenges due to the physical limitations of the original structure.[10]

The renovation of the arena was completed in 2014. On October 3, 2014, the arena officially reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.[11] The first official general public event to take place at the newly-renovated arena was a Harlem Globetrotters game.[11][12] The arena hosted its first home basketball game on November 14, 2014, and Stony Brook defeated Columbia 57–56 on a game-winning layup.[13][14]

On October 28, 2014, it was announced that Stony Brook had reached a deal with Island Federal Credit Union to purchase naming rights to the arena for $7 million.[15]

Island Federal Arena served as the home court for the Long Island Nets during the 2019 NBA G League Finals due to conflicts with the Nets' home arena, the Nassau Coliseum.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seawolves, Bobcats Set For Saturday Night Clash at The Island - Stony Brook University Athletics". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Eichenholz, Andrew. "Corporate partnership gives Stony Brook Arena a new name". The Statesman. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Stony Brook loses America East final". New York Post. March 11, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Seawolves punch ticket to NCAA tournament with 80-74 win over Vermont - Stony Brook University Athletics". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Milholen, Chris (April 7, 2019). "Long Island Nets begin quest for G League title Sunday". NetsDaily. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Island Federal Credit Union Arena". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Stony Brook Unveils Plans to Renovate Basketball Arena". americaeast.com. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Stony Brook commences $21.1 million Stony Brook Arena renovation - Stony Brook University Athletics". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "Stony Brook Unveils Plans to Renovate Basketball Arena". Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Eichenholz, Andrew. "Stony Brook Arena serves as new home for Athletics". The Statesman. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Stony Brook University Arena ribbon cutting a slam dunk". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  12. ^ "Harlem Globetrotters to open Stony Brook Arena with pair of shows October 4". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  13. ^ http://www.newsday.com/sports/college/stony-brook/stony-brook-to-begin-21-1m-arena-renovation-1.3728108
  14. ^ "McGrew's game-winner opens #Seawolves season and new arena with a bang - Stony Brook University Athletics". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  15. ^ Eichenholz, Andrew. "Corporate partnership gives Stony Brook Arena a new name". The Statesman. Retrieved February 17, 2019.

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