NEWARK, NJ, May 23, 2007 –Devils Arena Entertainment president and chairman Jeffrey Vanderbeek and AEG New York/New Jersey president Nick Sakiewicz announced today that Seton Hall University will play its home men’s basketball games at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ beginning this fall. A member of the BIG EAST Conference, Seton Hall will take on some of the top teams in the country including rivals Connecticut, Georgetown, St. John’s and Rutgers.
“We are thrilled to welcome Seton Hall University and their fans to Prudential Center,” said Vanderbeek. “This world-class facility is going to be an exciting place to watch BIG EAST basketball, and we are glad to be the new home of the Pirates.”
The addition of Seton Hall men’s basketball marks yet another significant acquisition for Prudential Center, the first major sports and entertainment venue to open in the nation’s top media market in over 25 years. The facility will be the new home of the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils, as well as a new Major Indoor Soccer League franchise. Earlier this month, AEG Live announced that New Jersey’s Bon Jovi will open the venue with a concert on October 26.
“The Seton Hall basketball team adds yet another layer to what will be one of the nation’s finest sports and entertainment venues,” said AEG’s Sakiewicz. “The Devils, Bon Jovi, and now BIG EAST basketball -- it’s all adding up to a tremendous selection of events for the local community and region.”
"Since the 1930’s with our first branch campus downtown, Seton Hall has 'grown up' with Newark, has become a friend and partner with Newark – and has become a vital part of the city with our nationally recognized Law School,” said Seton Hall University president Monsignor Robert Sheeran. “And there is much more to come with Seton Hall Basketball at the Prudential Center."
Prudential Center, set to open in October 2007, will feature 76 luxury suites, 2,330 club seats, 750 television monitors, a 4,800 square-foot state-of-the-art exterior LED screen, a gourmet restaurant overlooking the event floor and an array of fan amenities and conveniences, including the richly appointed Fire and Ice Lounges for premium seat holders. Prudential Center will seat 17,625 people for hockey games, 18,500 for basketball games, and 19,500 for concerts.
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or operates a collection of companies including world-class sports and entertainment venues like Los Angeles's Staples Center, The Home Depot Center (Carson, California), Toyota Park (Bridgeview, Illinois), NOKIA Theatre Times Square and NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie; sports franchises throughout the world including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), Chicago Fire (MLS) and Houston Dynamo (MLS). The company's live entertainment division, AEG LIVE is one of the world's leading concert promotion and touring organization.
AEG is overseeing the development of L.A. Live, a 4 million square foot/$2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports & entertainment district featuring NOKIA Theatre Los Angeles, Club NOKIA, “broadcast” facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, restaurant, hotel, residential and office space. The company is developing London’s 28-acre Millennium Dome property and will create The O2, a 23,000-seat arena and over 650,000 square feet of leisure and entertainment use within the “Dome” and additional arenas, The O2 World, on a 45-acre site in the heart of Berlin and Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri and Red Bull Park in Harrison, NJ.
About DEVILS ARENA ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
Devils Arena Entertainment is an affiliate company of the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils, responsible for the leasing, operating, and maintaining of Prudential Center, the team’s future home. The New Jersey Devils recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary season in the Garden State. During that time, the team has won the Stanley Cup Championship on three occasions: 1995, 2000, and 2003. For more information, visit www.prucenter.com