Imagine the starting lineup introductions at an NBA game – spotlights, shadows, neon glows. Now picture that with a whole lot of red.
New theatrical lighting is one of the many planned upgrades and renovations to the Stony Brook Arena which will undergo a $21.1M facelift starting in June. School officials announced the commencement of the project this morning.
Among the renovations will be a new bowl seating configuration, luxury boxes, a VIP lounge, digital scoreboards and video boards at each end of the court. Most importantly, the Stony Brook basketball team will move from 1,800-seat Pritchard Gym to the spacious new 4,000-seat arena which Director of Athletics Jim Fiore plans on selling out every game.
“We think the stars are aligning, and we have two years to upsell and make this Pritchard on steroids, Pritchard squared,” Fiore told Newsday’s Greg Logan. “We're going to invest in the infrastructure to sell it out regularly, not just one game.”
The arena, as it currently stands, has only hosted three games over the last three seasons – an NIT game back in 2010, an ESPNU game in 2011 and the men’s basketball championship this past March.
It will continue to be a busy week on Long Island as the 2012 baseball championship will be hosted by Stony Brook starting on Wednesday. The Seawolves wrapped up their season with a four-game sweep of Maine over the weekend. The Bangor Daily News has a recap from Saturday’s action. Those two teams will meet in a first-round matchup on Wednesday. Albany took two of three from Hartford and locked up the No. 2 seed and will play No. 3 Binghamton, which won its series with UMBC. For more on the baseball championship, check out Championship Central.
The Press and Sun Bulletin’s Lynn Worthy wrote a story about Binghamton catcher Mike Danaher, who in addition to having a solid season on the diamond, has an all-encompassing view of his future outside of baseball. Check out the feature on Danaher, here.
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After a defeating Iona in 13 innings, the Boston University softball team was eliminated from NCAA Regional competition by No. 1 overall seed Cal. The Terriers closed out the season with 41 wins and won their ninth conference title.
"That's three consecutive trips to the regional with wins, so I think the program is going in the right direction. It's been a great year,” head coach Shawn Rychcik said after the loss to Cal. “We've beaten a lot of good teams and played well against a lot of good competition. We were able to come out here and represent our conference and school really well."
For the latest from around the conference, check out AmericaEast.com.