Times Union Center

The Times Union Center (originally Knickerbocker Arena, then Pepsi Arena) is an indoor arena located in Albany, New York. It is configurable and can accommodate from 6,000 to 17,500 people,[1] with a maximum seating capacity of 15,500 for sporting events.[2]

Times Union Center
Former namesKnickerbocker Arena (1990–1997)
Pepsi Arena (1997–2006)
Address51 South Pearl Street
LocationAlbany, New York
Coordinates42°38′55″N 73°45′17″W
OwnerAlbany County
OperatorSMG
Capacity15,357 (concerts)
15,229 (basketball)
14,236 (hockey)
13,785 (arena football)
17,500 (max)
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundFebruary 5, 1987
OpenedJanuary 30, 1990
Construction cost$69.4 million, $1.6 million (2010 renovation)
ArchitectCrozier Associates
Structural engineerClough Harbour & Associates
General contractorBeltrone/MLB
Tenants
Albany Firebirds (AFL) (1990–2000)
New York Kick (NPSL) (1990–1991)
Albany Choppers (IHL) (1990–1991)
Albany Patroons (CBA) (1990–1992)
Siena Saints (NCAA) (1990–present)
Albany River Rats (AHL) (1993–2010)
Albany Attack (NLL) (2000–2003)
Albany Conquest/Firebirds (af2) (2002–2009)
Albany Devils (AHL) (2010–2017)
Albany Empire (AFL) (2018–2019)
Albany Empire (NAL) (2021present)
Albany FireWolves (NLL) (2021)

The building, designed by Crozier Associates and engineered by Clough Harbour & Associates, was built by Beltrone/MLB at a cost of $69.4 million.[citation needed]