Albany's Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the Times Union Center is "Upstate New York's Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility."
Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world's largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles.
As a multi-purpose facility, the Times Union Center has hosted a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events, averaging 165 events each year.
In 2000, the Times Union Center Ranked 14th nationally in total concert attendance, higher than arenas in Philadelphia and other major markets.
Sell-out concerts at the Center have included, the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, U2, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Garth Brooks, Puff Daddy and the Family, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, The Dave Matthews Band, Phish, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Dixie Chicks, Britney Spears, Tina Turner, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and the Grateful Dead. Family shows have included Disney on Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, Sesame Street Live, Barney's Big Surprise, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and Nickelodeon's Live Tour.
In addition to being a regular Northeast concert stop, the Center has developed into a sports fan's dream. the Times Union Center is home to the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League and Siena Saints Division I College basketball team. Other sporting events entertaining fans of the Capital Region include the NBA Classic, the NHL Face-Off, high school basketball and the NYSPHAA High School state wrestling championships.
Times Union Center was a proud host of the NCAA Frozen Four in 2001, receiving kudos from NCAA executives for the hospitality shown to the participants and fans alike. The first ever FanFest was held in conjunction with the Frozen Four and will be incorporated into future festivities.
The Times Union Center is a regular host to premier NCAA events. In 1995, the Center hosted the first sold out NCAA Men's Basketball Championship East Regional First and Second Rounds in the nation. the Center hosted the NCAA Hockey National Championships in 1992 and the NCAA Hockey East Regional in 1994, 1996 and 1998. The Center looks forward to celebrating the new millennium with several NCAA events calling Times Union Center home. The NCAA Hockey East Regional returned in 2000 and college hockey's National Championship took place in 2001. The NCAA Wrestling National Championships visited Albany for the first time in 2002, and the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship East Regional took to the Center's hardcourt in 2003. In 2004, 2006 & 2008 the Center welcomed back the Division I NCAA men's hockey East regionals.
Times Union Center has developed a rich history of events over the past eleven years. Albany County, SMG and the Capital Region look forward to a future filled with the biggest names in sports and entertainment.
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