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The Times Union Center in downtown Albany has served as the exclusive home court for Siena Men's Basketball for the past 20 seasons. Over that time, Siena's attendance has soared to new heights, bringing national acclaim to the mid-major program that competes in a major basketball setting.

The Times Union Center has helped Siena Basketball grow into the premier sports entity in New York's Capital Region. With over one million people to draw from, the Albany area has developed a national reputation as a booming college basketball town, and Siena has led the way.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships have been contested in Albany 18 times since Siena joined the conference 28 years ago, and have enjoyed record attendances. The MAAC Tournament returned to the Times Union Center in 2015, and will continue to be played at the arena through 2019, with Siena again serving as the host school.

The Times Union Center has also served as the venue to both past and upcoming NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, with Siena and the MAAC serving as co-hosts each year. The 1995 Men's First and Second Rounds, 2003 Men's East Regionals, and 2015 Women's East Regionals were all contested at the facility, with the Syracuse men (2003) and UConn women (2015) going on to win the National Championship. The Times Union Center, Siena and the MAAC, have been awarded both the 2018 and 2019 Women's East Regionals, and the 2020 Men's First and Second Rounds.

Siena has hosted nine Postseason NIT games at Times Union Center, and four of those have drawn over 10,000 fans. The Saints' 10-point win over Tulane in the 1994 NIT was witnessed by a record 15,727 fans.

It is the consistent support the Siena program has received from its roughly 3,000 season ticket holders that makes these national events a reality.

The Saints have drawn over 2-million fans in 348 games played in their downtown home, and have ranked in the top-100 nationally in attendance each year since making the full-time move in 1997-98.

In 2009-10, the Saints welcomed a program-record 133,505 spectators through the Times Union Center doors, an average of 7,853 fans per game.

The Saints won three straight MAAC Championships and 38 straight games at Times Union Center from 2008-10. The 2010 MAAC Championships drew a record 53,569 fans, highlighted by a crowd of 10,679 for Siena's overtime victory over Fairfield in the title game.

In November of 2004, a sold-out crowd of 14,743 turned out for Siena's home game against defending National Champion Syracuse at the Times Union Center, the largest crowd ever to witness a regular season Siena home game.

In 2002-03, Siena boasted the largest attendance figure in the nation per enrollment, and placed 66th among all Division I schools and fourth nationally for mid-major programs.

Siena's annual clash with crosstown foe UAlbany on December 1, 2012 marked the 30th 10,000-fan game the Saints have hosted.

Siena tallied its 2-millionth fan on December 23, 2014 against Cornell University.

The Saints are an impressive 218-93 (.701) at the Times Union Center since making the full time move to the facility in 1997-98.

 


 

YEAR-BY-YEAR SIENA BASKETBALL
TIMES UNION CENTER ATTENDANCE
Season Games Attendance Average
1990-91 6$& 64,177 10,699
1991-92 3& 22,185 7,395
1992-93 3& 21,480 7,160
1993-94 6#& 56,596 9,433
1994-95 5% 24,159 4,831
1995-96 7% 23,955 3,422
1996-97 7 25,645 3,663
1997-98 16+ 90,126 5,632
1998-99 13 82,320 6,332
1999-00 18#+ 125,255 6,959
2000-01 13 83,213 6,401
2001-02 17* 112,359 6,609
2002-03 17$ 125,156 7,362
2003-04 16+ 104,444 6,528
2004-05 13 83,723 6,440
2005-06 14% 78,378 5,598
2006-07 14 81,670 5,834
2007-08 17+ 110,012 6,471
2008-09 17+ 127,453 7,497
2009-10 17+ 133,505 7,853
2010-11 15 114,383 7,626
2011-12 14 91,128 6,509
2012-13 14 89,053 6,361
2013-14 17! 102,459 6,027
2014-15 16& 99,872 6,242
2015-16 17&@ 106,580 6,269
2016-17 16+ 97,238 6,077
Total 348 2,279,523 6,550
^ Includes one NIT game
# Includes two NIT games
$ Includes three NIT games
% Includes one MAAC Tournament game
& Includes two MAAC Tournament games
+ Includes three MAAC Tournament games
*Includes four MAAC Tournament games
!Includes three College Basketball Invitational games
@Includes one College Basketball Invitational game

 


 

Siena's Crowds of 10,000 or more at Times Union Center

15,727 vs. Tulane * 3/22/94 W, 89-79
14,743 vs. Syracuse 11/27/04 L, 78-56
14,084 vs. UMass * 3/21/91 L, 82-80 (OT)
13,262 vs. UAlbany 12/1/07 W, 75-71
13,251 vs. UAlbany 12/6/08 W, 71-64
12,960 vs. UAlbany 12/5/09 W, 83-54
12,808 vs. Georgia Tech * 3/16/94 W, 76-68
12,231 vs. Canisius % 3/3/90 W, 71-53
12,117 vs. Pittsburgh 11/28/90 L, 82-80
11,844 vs. Iona % 3/6/00 L, 84-80
11,797 vs. UAlbany 11/21/03 W, 71-50
11,691 vs. LaSalle % 3/4/90 L, 106-90
11,672 vs. UAlbany 11/22/02 W, 79-75
11,488 vs. Manhattan 1/28/94 L, 98-73
11,477 vs. South Carolina * 3/19/91 W, 63-58
11,374 vs. Marist 1/30/99 W, 84-78
11,311 vs. UAlbany 11/8/13 L, 74-62
11,271 vs. UAlbany 12/2/06 W, 76-75 (OT)
11,065 vs. Canisius % 3/2/91 W, 76-62
10,808 vs. Iona % 3/3/91 L, 95-90 (OT)
10,790 vs. UAlbany 12/12/15 W, 78-70
10,753 vs. UAlbany 12/4/10 L, 88-82 (OT)
10,679 vs. Fairfield % 3/8/10 W, 72-65 (OT)
10,677 vs. Manhattan % 3/6/94 L, 65-58
10,671 vs. Xavier 12/23/02 L, 96-88
10,667 vs. Iona % 3/2/98 L, 90-75
10,285 vs. UAlbany 11/27/01 W, 60-48
10,284 vs. Niagara 2/24/01 L, 69-65
10,278 vs. UAlbany 12/13/14 L,77-68
10,229 vs. UAlbany 12/1/12 L, 69-56
10,223 vs. Niagara % 3/7/92 W, 83-57
10,166 vs. Fairfield % 3/5/94 W, 84-73
10,043 vs. Canisius % 2/28/98 W, 87-83
* National Invitation Tournament
% MAAC Tournament

 


 

All Time Record at Times Union Center
Season Wins Losses Percentage
1990-91 3 3 .500
1991-92 1 2 .333
1992-93 1 2 .333
1993-94 4 2 .667
1994-95 2 3 .400
1995-96 1 6 .143
1996-97 3 4 .429
1997-98 12 4 .750
1998-99 12 1 .923
1999-00 16 2 .889
2000-01 11 2 .846
2001-02 12 5 .706
2002-03 11 6 .647
2003-04 9 7 .563
2004-05 3 10 .231
2005-06 10 4 .714
2006-07 10 4 .714
2007-08 13 4 .765
2008-09 17 0 1.000
2009-10 17 0 1.000
2010-11 8 7 .533
2011-12 10 4 .714
2012-13 4 10 .286
2013-14 13 4 .765
2014-15 6 10 .375
2015-16 13 4 .765
2016-17 11 5 .688
Totals 233 115 .670