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
|^ 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|
|10,229||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|