The Times Union Center (Former Pepsi Arena): Albany's Sports and Entertainment Complex
The Times Union Center (formerly The Pepsi Arena) is a popular sports and entertainment complex located in Downtown Albany. Patrons come from the Capital Region, much of Upstate New York, and nearby Vermont and Massachusetts.
TU Center Sports & Events
Home to local sports teams AHL Albany Devils, AFL Albany Empire, and Siena Saints Men's Basketball team, The Times Union Center (formerly The Pepsi Arena) also boasts an impressive schedule of top performing artists, family shows, ice shows and special events such as trade shows.
Concerts have included Billy Joel, U2, Elton John, Dixie Chicks, Britney Spears, Garth Brooks, Diddy, Celine Dion, The Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead and many more. Some popular family shows have included Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, Nickelodeon's Live Tour and the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Tickets for all events can be purchased at The Times Union Center's box office or on their website and via Ticketmaster. Seating charts can vary depending on the type of show and set up - the Arena's flexibility allows them to accommodate 6,000 to 17,500 seats so it's a good idea to check the Times Union Center seating chart before you purchase.
The Arena opened in 1990 under its original name, the Knickerbocker Arena, and was christened by none other than the first performer, Frank Sinatra, on January 30, 1990. In 1997 it was renamed the Pepsi Arena, and ten years later it became the Times Union Center in January 2007. Through the years, the facility has consistently drawn top notch entertainment and sporting events, and nearly 7 million patrons have walked through its doors.
Detailed directions as well as parking information can be found by clicking here.
Great Places to Stay When Visiting The Times Union Center
Rather walk to and from The TU? Hilton Albany is in the heart of Downtown and only a short (5-10 minute) walk away. They have spacious rooms and suites, and three on-site dining options.
Need more space for your family, friends, or pets? TownePlace Suites Albany Downtown is less than 10 minutes away by car and offers pet-friendly suites with one or two bedrooms and a complimentary breakfast.
Want an easy commute in and out of Downtown? Hampton Inn & Suites Albany/East Greenbush and Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany/East Greenbush are both only a 10-minute drive straight down I-90 and located right off the highway. Guests recieve free breakfast, can choose between standard rooms or suites, and will be within walking distance to restaurants.
A little further, but worth the trip, is Albany Marriott on Wolf Road. Located a short 20-minute drive away, its close proximity to Albany International Airport, I-87, and Wolf Road's many shopping and dining options (although it has its own on-site restaurant and martini bar) make this a convenient place to stay.
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