The Times Union Center has helped Siena basketball grow into the premier sports entity in New York's Capital Region. With close to 1-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.
In March of 2003, the NCAA East Regionals were contested in the facility with Siena College serving as a co-host. The MAAC Tournament has been contested in Albany 15 times, where it has enjoyed record attendances.
It is the support the Siena program has received that has made these national events a reality. The Saints have drawn over 1.6 million fans and played in 254 games in their downtown home. Since the program made its full-time move downtown in 1997-98, it has been ranked among the top-100 nationally in attendance each year, while surpassing the 100,000 fan mark six times. Additionally, attendance has risen in five of the last six years and increased 40% over that time.
This past season, Siena established a new regular-season program attendance record with 114,383 fans, an average of 7,626, attending the 15 home contests. The Saints game with UAlbany became the 29th game to draw over 10,000 fans at Times Union Center, and the matchup with National Runner-Up Butler reached the set capacity of 8,444.
In 2009-10 the Saints welcomed 133,505 spectators through the Times Union Center doors for an average of 7,853 fans per game. Siena tied a program-record by ranking 66th nationally in attendance, benefited from their raucous home court advantage. The Saints went a perfect 17-0 at home for a second straight year in 2009-10 and ran the nation's second longest active home court win streak to 38 games by capturing their third straight MAAC Championship on their home floor.
In 2008-09, Siena set attendance records on its way to a perfect 17-0 season at Times Union Center. A total of 127,453 fans came out for Siena's 17 home games during the season, an average of 7,497 per game. The average ranked 72nd nationally and sixth among all Mid Major programs. It marked the third straight season Siena has enjoyed a double-digit percentage increase in attendance. The highlight of the home season was the Saints' 77-70 MAAC Championship victory over Niagara witnessed by 9,744 fans. The win ran Siena's home court win streak to 21 games - the third longest in the nation entering this year.
In 2006-07 attendance topped the 100,000 fan mark for the fifth time in 10 years. The annual game with crosstown rival UAlbany drew 13,262 fans making it the second largest regular-season crowd in program history. The Saints went on to average 6,471 fans over their 17 home dates. For the first time Arena capacity was limited to 8,065 for most home games to create a more intimate feel and a more energetic atmosphere. The 2006-2007 campaign saw attendance rise for the first time in four years. An average 5,834 fans turned out for Siena's 14 home dates in Fran McCaffery's second year with the program.
In November of 2004 a sold-out crowd of 14,743 turned out for Siena's game against #4/5 Syracuse at Times Union Center. That crowd, the largest ever to witness a Siena regular-season home game, helped catapult the Saints to 83rd nationally in Division I attendance in 2004-2005, with an average of 6,440 fans at each home game.
Records were established in 2002-2003 as over 125,000 fans turned out for the Saints' 17 home dates, an average of better than 7,300 per game. That total placed 66th among all Division I schools and fourth nationally for mid-major programs. Siena also boasted the largest attendance figure in the nation per enrollment, ranking as only one of two schools in the top-100 with fewer than 3,000 students. In 2001-2002, the crowds again came out in droves as an average of over 6,600 fans attended each home game to watch the Saints--the 80th best total in the nation. In the regular-season opener against UAlbany, 10,285 spectators passed through the turnstiles.
During Siena's 13 home games in 2000-2001, 82,320 fans watched Siena post a 20-win season. Highlighted among the games that year was a crowd of 11,374, the biggest since the 1991 season, when Siena beat rival Marist, 84-78.
In 1999-2000, a record 125,255 fans came through the turnstiles for the Saints' 18 home dates, an average of nearly 7,000 per game. The Saints advanced to the postseason NIT that year where they defeated the University of Massachusetts in front of 9,649 spectators.
During the 1998-99 campaign, Siena posted a 25-6 record, won the MAAC Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, an average of 6,332 fans per game watched Siena play. That figure ranked 84th nationally.
The 1997-98 season was Siena's first in its downtown home, and 90,126 fans came through the turnstiles, an average of 5,632 for 16 home dates.
The Saints are an impressive 149-52 (.741) at the Times Union Center since making the full time move to the facility in 1997-98.