Louis Brown Athletic Center

Louis Brown Athletic Center
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Address Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ 08855
Phone (908) 445-4200
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Date Built Unknown
Ownership
(Management)
Rutgers University
(Rutgers University)
Basketball Capacity 8,500
Population Base 2,000,000
On Site Parking 3,000
Nearest Airport Unknown
  Other Facts  
Tenants Rutgers Scarlet Knights
(NCAA)
Conference Big East

Sources:Team Marketing Report and Mediaventures

The Louis Brown Athletic Center is one of the great arenas in the nation to watch exciting college basketball. The reasons for this are numerous - Excellent sightlines! Outstanding lighting! Incredible acoustics! The fans are right on top of the action. It's also the perfect-sized venue to see a basketball game. With 8,500 fans inside going crazy and making incredible, ear-splitting noise, there are not many more intimidating atmospheres in all of college sports.

Most fans and students still refer to this truncated pyramid, which lies on the northern end of the Livingston campus, as "The RAC," which is short for Rutgers Athletic Center, the original name of the facility.

The list of top teams that have left the RAC with losses is an exhaustive one. Syracuse, Missouri and UNLV are just a few of those who have fallen victim to Rutgers at the RAC through the years. And that's not to mention the many scintillating wins over the likes of Georgetown, Notre Dame, West Virginia and UMass, to name a few.

When recalling THE most stirring game in RAC history, many Scarlet Knight fans would probably point to March 9, 1989. That's the night when Rutgers completed its improbable stretch drive with a come-from-behind win over Penn State in the Atlantic 10 championship game. Many fans who were there or who watched the national television broadcast on ESPN, still recall that evening as one of the most special and exciting sports nights of their lives.

There have been many "Knights to Remember" and the future promises countless more.

RAC”-MOSPHERE GETS NEW LIFE

Louis Brown Athletic Center
A coat of red paint was the first indication to visitors that change was in the air at the RAC last season, transforming the Louis Brown Athletic Center into one of the East coast’s premier basketball arenas and an even more intimidating place for opponents to play.

But cosmetic changes, albeit visible, were just the first step. Construction began in the fall of 1998 to modernize the Louis Brown Athletic Center, which has been a centerpiece of campus life for students and fans alike since 1977. As Rutgers approaches the new millennium, the changes reflect the commitment of excellence mandated by second-year athletic director, Bob Mulcahy. The RAC renovations will considerably enhance the total experience of student-athletes who don the scarlet and white in competition.

One of the most important additions provided by the renovation is a brand-new student learning center, which will house 28 computer stations, with state-of-the-art features. The new learning center will also provide RU STRONG, the ever-growing “Life Skills” program, with a permanent home to assist student-athletes with career development and personal growth programs.

Another key component in the upgrade is an expansive, strength and conditioning center, a striking facility which will more than double the size of the previous weight room. The new center, sprawling 3520 square feet, offers the Knights an opportunity to train for top athletic performance using the most advanced equipment in a fresh, modern environment.

Rutgers athletes will also have access to a large training room conveniently located adjacent to the main arena floor. This addition will more than double the area of the athletic training facilities, including the addition of a large permanent whirlpool. More accessible to all student-athletes, the newly-designed athletic training room will have all of the latest modalities and equipment necessary to help prevent injuries and evaluate and rehabilitate with the best care available.

The journalists and media who cover Rutgers athletics will also benefit from the RAC remodeling, as the modifications include a new, larger media work area and a separate interview area, allowing for an even more professional and comfortable work setting. Other important improvements in the RAC renovation feature expanded and modernized offices.

These many significant changes allow the Rutgers Division of Intercollegiate Athletics to stand proudly, shoulder to shoulder with the best athletic programs in the nation. It’s still the RAC, only better.

From New Jersey Turnpike (North or South)

Turn off at Exit 9. After toll booths bear to the right; follow signs for "Route 18 North - New Brunswick."

Continue along Route 18 North past the exits for "Route 27" and "Rutgers University"and proceed over the Raritan River on the John Lynch Memorial Bridge. (Approx. 3.7 miles)

On the other side of river proceed straight at the traffic light onto Metlars Lane.

At the first traffic light make a right onto Avenue E for Livingston Campus. Parking is accessible from Hospital Road (first left) or Rockafeller Road (second left)

From Garden State Parkway (North or South)

Southbound - Coming from northern New Jersey
Turn off at Exit 129 for the New Jersey Turnpike and head south.
Follow directions to campus from Route 18 North, below.

Northbound - Coming from southern New Jersey (below Exit 105)
Turn off at Exit 105 and follow signs for Route 18 North.
After approximately 24 miles you will pass the entrance for the New Jersey Turnpike and continue on Route 18 North.
Follow directions to campus from Route 18 North, below.

Northbound (above Exit 105)
Follow Parkway over Driscoll Bridge and take Exit 127 (Route 440 North). Follow Route 440 North (it becomes Route 287 North). Follow directions for Route 287 North, below.

From Route 18

Follow Route 18 North past the exits for "Route 27" and "Rutgers University"and proceed over the Raritan River on the John Lynch Memorial Bridge. (Approx. 3.7 miles)

On the other side of river proceed straight at the traffic light onto Metlars Lane.

At the first traffic light make a right onto Avenue E for Livingston Campus. Parking is accessible from Hospital Road (first left) or Rockafeller Road (second left)

From Route 1 (North or South)

Turn off at exit marked "Route 18 North-New Brunswick"

Continue along Route 18 North past the exits for "Route 27" and "Rutgers University"and proceed over the Raritan River on the John Lynch Memorial Bridge. (Approx. 3.7 miles)
On the other side of river proceed straight at the traffic light onto Metlars Lane.

At the first traffic light make a right onto Avenue E for Livingston Campus. Parking is accessible from Hospital Road (first left) or Rockafeller Road (second left)

From Route 287 (North or South)

Turn off at Exit 9 (formerly Exit 5) "River Road, Bound Brook, Highland Park".
Proceed East on River Road toward Highland Park until you reach the fifth traffic light (approximately 3.4 miles) at the intersection of River Road, Metlars Lane and Route 18. For specific campuses follow the directions below.

Turn left at the River Road traffic light onto Metlars Lane.

At the first traffic light make a right onto Avenue E for Livingston Campus. Parking is accessible from Hospital Road (first left) or Rockafeller Road (second left)

Via Public Transit

-- Trains

New Jersey Transit's Northeast Cooridor Line provides New Brunswick with both local and express service between New York and Newark's Penn Stations and Trenton New Jersey. (For Information 201-762-5100).

SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) provides service at Trenton to and from Philadelphia. (For Information 215-580-7800).

Amtrak provides limited direct service to New Brunswick, however connections can easily be made via New Jersey Transit trains to principle Amtrak stations at MetroPark, New York and Trenton. (For Information 1-800-USA-RAIL).

-- Buses

New Jersey Transit Bus Routes (For Information 201-762-5100):
M11 - Service between New Brunswick (St. Peter's Hospital) and South River (Main Street and Obert Street). This route also has a stop at the New Brunswick Train Station.
M14 - Service between North Brunswick (Fashion Plaza Mall) and Edison (Middlesex County College) with a stop at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus.
M15/M18 - Service between Woodbridge Center and Rutgers Student Center with stops at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus, downtown New Brunswick on George Street near the Civic Square Building, and on the Douglass Campus on George Street near Cooper Dining Hall.

Suburban Transit Routes (For Information 732-249-1100):
New York City Express - Service between Princeton and New York City with a stop at the New Brunswick Train Station.
135 - Service between Manville and New York City with a stop at the New Brunswick Train Station.
60 - Service between New Brunswick and Somerville with a stop at the New Brunswick Train Station.
From New Brunswick Train Station to Campus

The New Brunswick Train Station is located at the corner of Albany Street and Easton Avenue across from the Rutgers Bookstore. Cab service is available from the train station.

RUTGERS LOOKING FOR ARENA SPONSOR
October 20, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

New Brunswick, N.J. - In an increasing effort to make the athletic department more financially self sufficient, Rutgers University athletic director Tim Pernetti said the department is looking into a sponsorship deal for the Louis Brown Athletic Center, affectionately know as the RAC to students and fans, NJBIZ reported.

Pernetti said the school is riding a wave of interest after High Point Solutions Inc., in Sparta, signed a 10-year deal for naming rights to the football stadium in June.

"Our basketball arena ... has always been very high on the priority list, as was the football stadium," Pernetti said. "As we're putting our plans together to do a major renovation and construction of a practice facility at the RAC, which I updated our board of governors on, there are several naming conversations going on around this building as well."

Pernetti said the renovation will benefit the 19 varsity sports that use the RAC, which opened in 1977.

"Since we got the naming deal done on the football stadium, we've had a terrific amount of interest from, again, mostly New Jersey companies for the opportunity, and we're optimistic that we can get something done here as well," Pernetti said.

IMG College and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment were brought on to assist in the football stadium deal, but Pernetti said it was too early in the process to tell if the sponsorship experts would be brought in for additional deals.

"Since the stadium announcement, a lot of that interest has come directly to us, and some of it has been by existing partners that have been sponsors of Rutgers athletics for years," Pernetti said. "We're going to continue to cultivate those discussions on our own right now, but I think if things continue to warm up, we're certainly always looking to surround ourselves with good people to get these things done the right way."

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