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SEFCU Arena is a 4,538-seat multi-purpose arena in Guilderland, New York.[2] It is home to the University at Albany men's and women's Great Danes basketball teams. It is most notable for hosting the 2006 America East Conference men's basketball tournament championship, in which the Great Danes defeated Vermont, to earn their first bid into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. The arena additionally hosted the 2009 America East Men's Basketball Tournament, and is also a venue for the university's graduate commencement ceremonies. SEFCU Arena also can be formatted as a concert venue or to accommodate trade shows and conventions.

SEFCU Arena
"Home of The Great Danes"
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Former namesRecreation and Convocation Center (RACC) (1992–2006)
Address1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12222[Note 1]
LocationEast University Drive
Guilderland, New York[Note 1]
Coordinates42°40′54″N 73°49′42″W / 42.68167°N 73.82833°W / 42.68167; -73.82833Coordinates: 42°40′54″N 73°49′42″W / 42.68167°N 73.82833°W / 42.68167; -73.82833
OwnerUniversity at Albany
OperatorUniversity at Albany
Capacity4,538
SurfaceHardwood
Construction
Broke ground1990
OpenedApril 1992
Construction cost$11 million
($19.6 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectMesick Cohen Waite Architects
General contractorU.W. Marx Construction
Tenants
UAlbany Great Danes basketball team
New York Buzz (2009–2010)
New York Sportimes (2011, 2013)

The arena opened in 1992, as the Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC), as part of UAlbany's transition from Division III to Division I. The current name of SEFCU Arena was adopted on November 1, 2006, when UAlbany entered a 10-year naming rights deal with the State Employees Federal Credit Union.[3] SEFCU Arena is located behind the Physical Education building, which separates it from University Field, and sits adjacent to Bob Ford Field.

In addition to university-operated concession stands for food and beverages during events, SEFCU Arena is also the brick and mortar location of the Great Danes Team Store for athletics apparel and team merchandise.

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  1. ^ a b The building's physical location is in Guilderland. Mail to the building for delivery by the United States Postal Service (USPS) is addressed to 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222 from which it is delivered to the arena by University at Albany mail services. The building is physically located in ZIP code 12203, which is identified by the USPS as Albany but includes parts of both Albany and Guilderland.

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  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Duggan, Erin (December 12, 2002). "Census Spurs Money Dispute". Times Union (Albany). p. A1. Retrieved February 14, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "SEFCU and University at Albany Forge A 10 Year Partnership". SUNY Albany Athletics. November 1, 2006. Retrieved February 19, 2013.

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