Carnesecca Arena is the home stadium for the men's basketball team, women's basketball team, volleyball team and fencing teams at St. John's University. Originally named Alumni Hall, Carnesecca Arena opened in 1961 with a resounding defeat of the Georgetown University men's basketball team. Alumni Hall was renamed Carnesecca Arena in 2004 in honor of Lou Carnesecca, a St. John's Hall of Fame coach and school mentor. In 2005, after the dedication and renaming ceremony in 2004, the venue received a $30 million renovation. The lobby was expanded with new ticket windows, and the arena now has a new student-athlete center, weight room, cardiovascular room, renovated offices and locker rooms as well as a new center-hung scoreboard. The arena is now the fourth-largest indoor arena in the New York City Metropolitan area. Find the best Carnesecca Arena tickets at StubHub.
What is the Carnesecca Arena seating capacity?
The Carnesecca Arena seating capacity is for 5,602 people. The seating arrangement is located close to the courts and provides an intimate experience during Carnesecca Arena events.
Is the Carnesecca Arena accessible by public transportation?
Yes, you can get to the Carnesecca Arena by subway or train. The MTA F train stops at 169th Street, and the Long Island Railroad stops at the Jamaica station. Visitors can also take the I.R.T. subway 7 train to Main Street in Flushing, take the Q17 bus to Utopia Parkway and transfer to the Q30 or Q31 to 82nd Avenue and Utopia Parkway.
Is there on-site parking at Carnesecca Arena?
Guests attending Carnesecca Arena events will find plenty of free parking very close to the stadium either in lots or on the street. There are also paid parking garages nearby on Union Turnpike and Grand Central Parkway.
Can you tell me about the food and drink offerings at Carnesecca Arena?
There are two concession stands on the concourse with typical fare like popcorn, soft pretzels, nachos, chips, hot dogs and burgers. A special "Stormburger" is also available. Beverages include Coca-Cola products, water and Powerade. A fan-favorite restaurant to check out nearby is Acquista Trattoria, which serves Italian fare. You can also grab a drink at the Pregame Sports Bar & Lounge.
What is the fan base like for games at Carnesecca Arena?
Carnesecca Arena shares the men's basketball home games with Madison Square Garden. When the home team plays on campus at Carnesecca Arena, the fans turn out in force. The student sections are situated directly behind the scoreboards, which elevates the crowd excitement during games.
Are there other entertainment options close to Carnesecca Arena?
Carnesecca Arena is located in the borough of Queens. There are numerous attractions in the nearby area, including the Queens Botanical Garden, the New York Hall of Science and Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Manhattan is fairly close and is home to many famous landmarks, such as Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Times Square.Back to Top