Prudential Center

Prudential Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the central business district of Newark, New Jersey, United States. It was designed by HOK Sport (now Populous), with the exterior designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Opened in 2007, it is the home of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the men's basketball program of Seton Hall University, known as the Seton Hall Pirates. The arena officially seats 16,514 patrons for hockey games and up to 18,711 for basketball. Fans and sports writers have affectionately nicknamed the arena "The Rock"[8] in reference to the Rock of Gibraltar, the corporate logo of Prudential Financial, a financial institution that owns the naming rights to the arena and is headquartered within walking distance of it. In December 2013, the arena ranked third nationally and ninth internationally for self-reported annual revenue.[9]

The arena was built amidst financial concerns and years of speculation that the Devils would relocate, despite the fact that the team was a perennial playoff contender and was often at or near the top of the NHL's standings for nearly two decades. The arena is located two blocks from Newark Penn Station in downtown Newark, just west of Newark's Ironbound district, which makes it easily accessible via New Jersey Transit, PATH, Newark Light Rail, and Amtrak. At the time of its opening, Prudential Center was the first major league sports venue to be built in the New York metropolitan area since the Brendan Byrne Arena, the Devils' former home, opened in 1981. According to the Devils organization, the Prudential Center has played a major role in the revitalization of downtown Newark.[10]

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The Mulberry Street side of the arena, flanked by the entrance cylinders and featuring a large LED screen.
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Address25 Lafayette Street
LocationNewark, New Jersey
Coordinates40°44′1″N 74°10′16″W / 40.73361°N 74.17111°WCoordinates: 40°44′1″N 74°10′16″W / 40.73361°N 74.17111°W
Public transitNewark Penn Station NJT Bus NJT Bus: 1, 5, 11, 21, 25, 28, 29, 30, 34, 39, 40, 41, 59, 62, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, 76, 78, 79, 95, 108, 308, 319, 361, 375, 378
Local Transit ONE Bus: 31, 44
ParkingApproximately 9,066 parking spaces in the vicinity
OwnerNewark Housing Authority
OperatorDevils Arena Entertainment[1]
CapacityIce hockey:
17,625 (2007–2013)
16,592 (2013–2015)[2]
16,514 (2015–present)[3]
Basketball: 18,711
Indoor soccer: 17,502
Lacrosse: 17,625
Concerts: 19,500[4]
Construction
Broke groundOctober 3, 2005
OpenedOctober 25, 2007
Construction costUS$375 million[1]
ArchitectHOK Sport (now Populous)
Morris Adjmi Architects (Exterior)
El Taller Colaborativo[5]
Project managerICON Venue Group[5]
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
Services engineerR.G. Vanderweil Engineers, Inc.[6]
General contractorGilbane Construction[5][7]
Tenants
New Jersey Devils (NHL) (2007–present)
Seton Hall Pirates (NCAA) (2007–present)
New York Titans (NLL) (2007–2009)
New Jersey Ironmen (XSL) (2007–2009)
NJIT Highlanders (NCAA) (2008–present)
New Jersey Nets (NBA) (2010–2012)
New York Liberty (WNBA) (2011–2013)
Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL) (2016–present)

History

Planning

For years, the New Jersey Devils had been rumored to be at least considering relocation. Even when the team won the Stanley Cup in 1995, it was amidst rumors that the franchise would move to Nashville. Despite playing championship-caliber hockey in the 2002–03 season culminating in a Stanley Cup that year, the Devils only averaged 14,858 fans per game at their home arena, Continental Airlines Arena at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford.[11]

A project to build a new 18,000 seat arena in Newark first received funding from Newark's city council in 2002, when the team was owned by Puck Holdings, a subsidiary of YankeeNets.[11] In 2004, former Lehman Brothers executive Jeffrey Vanderbeek bought the team from Puck Holdings and became a strong proponent of the proposed arena.[11] Vanderbeek said, "The Devils need a new arena that can provide a game-day experience that is certainly equal to the best team in the National Hockey League and certainly equal to the product that is put on the ice."[11] He also stated that he believed the arena "would take downtown Newark to a whole new level."[11] After legal battles over both eminent domain and the city's financial participation in the arena project, the final deal was approved by council and went through in October 2004.[12]

Construction and funding

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Prudential Center, under construction in June 2007

A seven-acre site[13] for the arena in downtown Newark was selected, bordered by Edison Place on the north, Lafayette Street on the south, Mulberry Street on the east, and Broad Street on the west. The site was the location of the never-completed Renaissance Mall and, previously, the tracks and train shed of the Central Railroad of New Jersey's Broad/Lafayette Street terminal whose building still stands nearby. The arena was designed by HOK Sport, with the exterior designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Initial designs were released in early 2005 and referred to the arena as "Newark Arena". Groundbreaking began on October 3, 2005, and a workforce of 2,725 union workers was employed to construct the arena.[13] Financial issues, though, threatened to halt the deal. On January 24, 2006, the Devils averted having the project canceled by submitting a guarantee in writing that the team would contribute $100 million to the arena,[14] one day before their deadline.[15]

Though construction was well underway, in late summer 2006, Cory Booker, who had recently taken office as Mayor of Newark, promised to reevaluate the deal and considered backing out.[16][17] In October, Booker conceded there would be "a first-class arena built in the city of Newark, whether we like it or not",[18] and soon afterwards, the Devils struck a deal including both property and monetary givebacks that appeased city officials.[19]

The city of Newark pledged to contribute $210 million to the construction of the arena, using settlement money from its lease dispute over underpaid rent for use of Newark Liberty International Airport with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Devils paid for the remainder of the cost. Thus, no new direct taxpayer funding was required for the construction of the arena.[20] Some taxpayer dollars, however, were spent on infrastructure improvements. These improvements were necessary for both the new arena and proposed private development surrounding that arena.

Prudential Financial purchased the naming rights to the stadium in January 2007 for $105.3 million over 20 years, reducing the city's cost for the project. The arena had been referred to as "Newark Arena" before the deal. In addition to its formal name, Prudential Center was immediately nicknamed "The Rock" after Prudential's corporate logo.[8]

Construction on the arena was completed in October 2007.[21][22] The estimated final cost of the arena's construction is $380 million.[1][23] In total, more than 18,000 tons of steel were used to build the bowl area and high roof, while 62,000 linear feet of ductwork were installed throughout the arena.[13] The Devils had to play their first nine games of the 2007–08 NHL season on the road as construction on their home arena was finished.

Opening

For the soft opening on October 20, the Newark Boys Chorus performed at Prudential Center, which became the first use of the arena. It officially opened on October 25, 2007, with a series of 10 concerts by the New Jersey native rock group Bon Jovi, featuring a star-studded lineup of opening acts including Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Daughtry, The All-American Rejects and fellow New Jersey native group My Chemical Romance.[24]

The Devils played their first home game at Prudential Center on October 27, 2007, against the Ottawa Senators, who, coincidentally, were the Devils' last opponent at Continental Airlines Arena.[25] Chris Neil scored the arena's first goal, while Brian Gionta scored the Devils' first goal in the arena. Martin Gerber earned the first win as the Senators defeated the Devils 4–1.

On November 11, 2007, the first collegiate basketball game took place in the arena, with Seton Hall defeating Monmouth, 89–81, in overtime.

Lighting incident

On January 8, 2010, a lighting problem occurred in the arena during a game between the Devils and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay was leading 3–0 with 9:12 left in the second period when half of the arena's sports lights went out due to a power surge on the grid feeding electricity to the arena, followed by a computerized lighting system failing to reboot. PSEG and Prudential Center electricians worked on the situation for 1 hour and 52 minutes but could not reboot the system. The game was suspended due to the lighting problem;[26] it was resumed two nights later, with about 3,000 of the original crowd of 15,129 in attendance.[27] Tampa Bay won, 4–2, with Lightning center Steven Stamkos scoring two goals in the contest: one on Friday and one on Sunday.[28]

Arena usage

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A view of the ice from Section 232, following a New Jersey Devils game

Prudential Center primarily serves as the home arena for the New Jersey Devils hockey franchise, who previously played at the Meadowlands Arena from 1982 to 2007, as well as the home court of the NCAA's Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program, who also played in the Meadowlands from 1985 to 2007. The arena also hosts select home games for the Seton Hall Pirates women's basketball team, and the NJIT Highlanders men's basketball team. The arena was a former home of the New York Titans of the National Lacrosse League until 2009, when the team moved to Orlando.

College basketball

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team moved into the arena on November 11, 2007, and defeated the Monmouth University Hawks by a score of 89–81 in overtime.[29]

In November 2007 and 2008, the Center hosted the semifinals and finals of college basketball's Legends Classic.[30]

The arena hosted the East Regional semifinals and final of the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[31]

Professional basketball

The Prudential Center was originally intended to also be the home of the New Jersey Nets, but the team was sold to real estate developer Bruce Ratner, who intended to build an arena in Brooklyn for the team, and the Nets remained in the Meadowlands while awaiting construction of what became the Barclays Center. However, the construction of the Barclays Center was plagued by lawsuits and economic issues during the late 2000s recession. In the fall of 2009, the Nets played two preseason games at the Prudential Center, while considering a possible move there.[32] After the success of the preseason games at the Prudential Center,[33] the Nets finalized a deal to move to the Prudential Center.

On June 23, 2011, the arena hosted the 2011 NBA draft, marking the second time the NBA draft was held in New Jersey.[34] The arena held the NBA draft once again the following year on June 28, 2012.[35]

On April 23, 2012, the Nets played their final game at the Prudential Center, a 105–87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Lou Williams made the final basket on the court. The Nets subsequently relocated to the Barclays Center to become the Brooklyn Nets at the beginning of the 2012-13 NBA season.[36]

The New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) played home games at Prudential Center during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons, due to renovations at Madison Square Garden.[37]

Indoor soccer

The New Jersey Ironmen of the indoor Xtreme Soccer League (XSL) played their inaugural home game at Prudential Center on December 1, 2007. A crowd of 13,429 was on hand to see soccer legend Pelé, who was the honorary captain, take the ceremonial first kick. The Ironmen won this game 8–6 over the Detroit Ignition. The Ironmen folded along with the XSL in 2009.

Boxing and MMA

Boxing promoter Main Events has hosted a number of fight cards, most notably headlined by former world champions Zab Judah and Tomasz Adamek. Due to the large Polish population in the North Jersey area, Adamek has drawn upwards of 10,000 fans for his last few bouts, including almost 11,000 against Michael Grant on August 21, 2010.

The UFC held UFC 78 on November 17, 2007, one of the first events to take place at the new arena. It marked the first UFC event in New Jersey in two years.[38] It also played host to UFC 111, which took place on March 27, 2010.[39] On March 19, 2011, it hosted UFC 128,[40] UFC 159 on April 27, 2013, and UFC 169 on February 1, 2014.[41]

Gymnastics

On November 11, 2016, the arena hosted the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions.[42]

Professional wrestling

WWE has held multiple events at Prudential Center including Hell in a Cell in 2009, Extreme Rules in 2016, and Backlash on May 6, 2018. It is also a regular stop for Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.

NFL

The National Football League used the arena for Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day on January 28, 2014, instead of the game's outdoor site, nearby MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.[43]

Concerts

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, for years a staple at the Meadowlands Arena, performed their first show at the Prudential Center on May 2, 2012, as part of their Wrecking Ball World Tour. They returned to the arena on January 31, 2016, for a date on the opening leg of The River Tour 2016.

The McDonald's Gospelfest, the nation's largest gospel music competition, has taken place at the arena since 2008.

The Eagles' performance at the arena on their Long Road out of Eden Tour is commemorated with murals on the arena's upper suite level.

The Rolling Stones broadcast their last show of their 50th-anniversary tour live on pay-per-view from the arena on December 15, 2012.

The Misfits, a punk rock band from Lodi, announced that they would reunite for one-time performance and play in the venue on May 19, 2018.[44]

In TV

In June 2011, it played host to the Newark audition stages in the first season of the Fox talent search program The X Factor. The open auditions were held on April 14.[45]

Other events

Democratic Governor Jon Corzine held a rally on November 1, 2009, to gather support for the governor's election on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Speakers included Newark Mayor Cory Booker and President Barack Obama, who addressed the near-capacity crowd.[46]

Nik Wallenda walked and then bicycled across a suspended wire, 12 stories off of the ground, from the roof of the Prudential Center during a live broadcast of Today on October 15, 2008. The stunt was made in an attempt to break the world record for longest and highest bike ride on a highwire, which is documented by the Guinness Book of Records.[47]

In June 2019, the center will hold the Season 7 World Championship of the Rocket League Championship Series, featuring 12 teams from North America, Europe, Oceania and for the first time in RLCS history, South America.

Features

Design

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The lower level Grand Concourse, with the Goal Bar on the upper right, features jerseys from most high school hockey teams in New Jersey.

The red and gray exterior is inspired by Newark's bricklaying and railroad heritage, while paying homage to the team colors of the New Jersey Devils, red and black.[48] Fans approaching the arena from the front are presented with a view of the arena's externally mounted 4,800 square foot (446 m²) LED display, one of the largest in the world.[49] The Daktronics display is split up into thin panels with gaps in between, in order to prevent the fans' view from inside from being obstructed.[50] Along the arena's east side Mulberry Street entrance are two large "entrance cylinders" named the Ford Tower and Investor's Bank Tower, the arena's most prominent exterior feature. These towers take the fans up to the Grand Concourse, by escalator and staircase.[10]

The interior's lower level Grand Concourse provides views of downtown Newark on the Edison Place and Mulberry Street sides through large windows. Prudential Center features separate concourses for the lower and upper levels, whereas the Continental Airlines Arena had one concourse for both levels of the arena. Throughout the Grand Concourse, jerseys of most high school hockey teams in New Jersey hang from the walls. The arena also features many murals of players and memorable moments from Devils history. One 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) mural[13] encompasses a long stretch of the Grand Concourse wall and features Devils Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens, and Ken Daneyko, along with tributes to other New Jersey sports and Newark landmarks, with depictions that include Seton Hall men's basketball legends Richie Regan and Terry Dehere, soccer player Tony Meola, a boxer, and tennis legend Althea Gibson.

Amenities and facilities

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The new scoreboard installed in 2017 before its first regular season game in service.

As one of the newer facilities to be used in the NHL, the Prudential Center features a large array of amenities.[10] The rink area features LED ribbons circumnavigating the arena and a 9,585-square-foot scoreboard by Trans-Lux installed in 2017, weighing over 44 tons and the largest in-arena, center-hung scoreboard in the world,[51] replacing a smaller, lower-resolution eight-sided unit from Daktronics. The 76 luxury suites available[48] are the largest in North America.[10] Personal dining, WiFi, and high-definition televisions are some of the many conveniences available in the luxury suites.[10] There are 750 flat-screen televisions in total across the arena.[48] On each side of the lower bowl the three middle sections consist of a combined 2,330 Club seats.[13] These black-colored seats emblazoned with the Devils' logo are wider with more legroom.[49] Club seat and season ticket holders have access to a 350-seat restaurant on the suite level in one of the end zones with views of the rink and practice rink.[49] Additionally, the Goal Bar, located on Suite Level One offers Club and Goal Bar seat holders terrace-style seating in a bar environment.[49] Club Seat holders also have access to lounges on the main concourse offering buffet-style food options[10]. One of these lounges contains the television camera staging area and the commentating post at which Steve Cangialosi and Ken Daneyko call games for MSG Plus telecasts, whereas home radio broadcasts and all road team broadcasts originate from the press box above the 200 level.

On the north, Edison Place side of the arena, at street level, are the ticket office and the Devils' 2,600 square foot (242 m²) Team Store, along with Championship Plaza, a public meeting place that celebrates the Devils' past and present successes on the ice.[49] Attached to the Prudential Center are the Devils' corporate offices and practice rink, which contains its own locker rooms. The Prudential Center is one of only four NHL arenas with a practice rink (the others are Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York, home of the Buffalo Sabres, and Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, home of the Detroit Red Wings) and the only one with dual locker rooms and practice facilities.[52]

The Grammy Museum Experience, a museum celebrating the Grammy Awards, opened on October 20, 2017 at the Prudential Center.[53][54][55]

Practice rink

The Devils's practice rink, the RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House, is attached to the arena, located on the south side of the building.[56] On select days, it is open to fans after the game for public ice skating. The practice rink also serves as the home of the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League since 2016. The Saint Peter's Prep Mauraders hockey teams as well as other local youth teams also use the rink. It has been the home The arena also hosts the NJSIAA Public A, Public B, and Private State Finals for high school ice hockey.

Championship Plaza and environs

Championship Plaza, an outdoor space designed to celebrate the Devils' 30-year history, is located opposite the PNC Bank Tower on Mulberry Street between Edison Place and Market Street. "We are working hard to enhance our fans' experience at Prudential Center, and continue our effort to be a cornerstone in the revitalization of Newark", Vanderbeek said in a released statement. "Championship Plaza is going to be a great place to gather with friends, meet new fans and celebrate Jersey's team." The most prominent piece of the project is the 22-foot (6.7 m) tall, 7,000-pound stainless steel hockey player statue. The Prudential rock, inspired by the Rock of Gibraltar, was also installed in the plaza, and placed along Mulberry Street. Devil fans were able purchase a limited amount of bricks that would be placed in and around the plaza with personalized messages inscribed. The plaza was opened to the public on October 3, 2009. On the opposite end of the arena, a statue of former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was dedicated outside of the Lafayette Street entrance tower and practice rink on October 22, 2016.[57]

Much like the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Prudential Center was expected to boost Newark's urban renaissance. Small-scale projects in the immediate vicinity of the arena around Four Corners have led to the construction of new hotels,[58][59][60] loft conversions,[61] and a restaurant row.[62] The development of Mulberry Commons (known as Triangle Park during its conception), a city square originally proposed as the centerpiece of a commercial and residential complex near the arena, stagnated for a decade[63][64] before construction began in October 2017.[65]

Accessibility and transportation

Located only two blocks from Newark Penn Station, the Prudential Center, like its other two major counterparts in the New York metropolitan area, Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center, is one of the most easily accessible arenas in the country. Public transportation access is provided via NJ Transit trains and buses, PATH trains, Newark Light Rail, and Amtrak. Major highways in the arena's vicinity include I-95 on the New Jersey Turnpike, I-78, I-280, US 1/9, NJ 21, US 22, and the Garden State Parkway.

See also

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2008–09 New Jersey Devils season

The 2008–09 New Jersey Devils season is the team's 27th season in the National Hockey League since the franchise relocated to New Jersey.

2009–10 New Jersey Devils season

The 2009–10 New Jersey Devils season is the team's 28th season in the National Hockey League since the franchise relocated to New Jersey.

2010–11 New Jersey Devils season

The 2010–11 New Jersey Devils season was the 37th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974, and 29th season since the franchise relocated to New Jersey to start the 1982–83 NHL season.

The Devils posted a regular season record of 38 wins, 39 losses, and five overtime/shootout losses for 81 points, failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1995–96 season, ending their 13-season playoff streak. This was the first time the Devils finished the season with a losing record since the 1990–91 season. Their 171 goals scored were the lowest ever amount for the Devils in a non-lockout shortened season.

2010–11 New Jersey Nets season

The 2010–11 New Jersey Nets season was the 44th season of the franchise, 35th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). This is the franchise's first season in the Prudential Center.

2011–12 New Jersey Nets season

The 2011–12 New Jersey Nets season was the 45th season of the franchise, their 36th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and their 35th and final season in New Jersey before moving to Brooklyn, New York and changing their name to the Brooklyn Nets for the 2012–13 season. The Nets finished 22–44, last in the Atlantic Division and 12th overall in the Eastern Conference and failed to make the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. Point guard Deron Williams led the team in scoring (21.0), assists (8.7), and minutes per game (36.3) and was the team's lone selection in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. Forward Kris Humphries led the team with 11.0 rebounds and 1.19 blocks per game and games played (62).

2012 New York Liberty season

The 2012 WNBA season is the 16th season for the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association. The Liberty will play at Prudential Center in New Jersey from 2011 through 2013 during renovations at Madison Square Garden.

Grammy Museum

The Grammy Museum is any of a group of museums containing exhibits relating to winners of the Grammy Award for achievement in recording.

The museums in this group include:

The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, which opened in 2008 in Los Angeles, California

The Grammy Museum Mississippi, which opened in 2016 in Cleveland, Mississippi

The Grammy Museum at Musicians Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee.

The Grammy Museum Experience, which opened in 2017 at Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

Grant USA Tower

The Grant USA Tower was a proposed 121-story skyscraper planned for Newark, New Jersey by developer Harry Grant. Harry Grant was an Israeli-born developer who was based out of New Jersey, and who financed the gold dome on top of Newark City Hall, and also started the never-completed Renaissance Mall in the city. Grant Tower was to be located over the old Central Railroad Terminal, near Broad and Lafayette Street. In 2007, the incomplete Renaissance Mall was torn down to build the Prudential Center. The old and unused part of the train station below, which was to serve as the foundation of the tower, remains in place. There are currently plans to connect the old portion of the train station with the Prudential Center, with the idea of turning it into a museum. There were plans for a 21-floor atrium above the 121st floor, which would have been the top floor of a hotel. Had it been completed as planned by 1986, it would have contained the tallest hotel, and would have been the tallest building and the tallest structure at the time. Harry Grant was born in Baghdad, Iraq

McDonald's Gospelfest

The McDonald's Gospelfest is an annual gospel music festival, talent competition, and fundraiser in Newark, New Jersey. The event, inaugurated in 1983, and sponsored by McDonald's, takes place in spring and has been held at the Prudential Center since 2008. The closing night contest and ceremony is produced, directed, and hosted by A. Curtis Farrow. The event, which can take several hours, has been recorded and broadcast variously on WABC-TV and WWOR-TV. Involving more a thousand performers it has been described as the "largest collection of gospel talent ever assembled" and the "most spectacular gospel celebration in the nation". The event is followed up by McDonald's Inspiration Celebration which makes a national tour.

Meadowlands Arena

Meadowlands Arena (formerly Brendan Byrne Arena, Continental Airlines Arena and IZOD Center) is an indoor venue located in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States. The arena is located on New Jersey Route 120 and is across the highway from MetLife Stadium and the Meadowlands Racetrack. A covered footbridge connects one of MetLife Stadium's parking lots with the Meadowlands Arena's lot.

The arena was originally built to accommodate a move of the New York Nets basketball team to New Jersey and opened in 1981. In 1982, the Colorado Rockies hockey team joined the Nets in the new building and became known as the New Jersey Devils. The Nets and Devils were joined by the Seton Hall Pirates men's collegiate basketball program in 1985.

In 2007, the Prudential Center opened in nearby Newark and the New Jersey Devils, for whom the Prudential Center was built, moved out. Seton Hall, whose campus in South Orange is closer to Newark than East Rutherford, followed and moved their basketball games there. The Nets remained for three more seasons before moving to Newark, where they played two seasons before departing New Jersey for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The men's basketball team from Fordham University played most of their 2010–11 home schedule at the arena.Following the departure of all three of its major tenants, the arena continued to host occasional non-sporting events, such as touring shows and concerts, and other local events. The state-owned facility reported losses for 2013, and was projected to have $8.5 million in losses for 2015. On January 15, 2015, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) voted to shut down Izod Center, and have Prudential Center acquire hosting rights to events scheduled for the arena over the next two years in a $2 million deal.The arena is used as a rehearsal venue for large-scale touring concert productions as well as video productions. The former box offices are used as a station for the NJSEA EMS and the former Winner's Club restaurant is used as quarters for the New Jersey State Police.

Prudential Tower

The Prudential Tower, also known as the Prudential Building or, colloquially, The Pru, is an International Style skyscraper in Boston, Massachusetts. The building, a part of the Prudential Center complex, currently stands as the 2nd-tallest building in Boston, behind 200 Clarendon Street, formerly the John Hancock Tower. The Prudential Tower was designed by Charles Luckman and Associates for Prudential Insurance. Completed in 1964, the building is 749 feet (228 m) tall, with 52 floors, and (as of February 2018) is tied with others as the 96th-tallest in the United States. It contains 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of commercial and retail space. Including its radio mast, the tower stands as the tallest building in Boston, rising to 907 feet (276 m) in height.

A restaurant, the Top of the Hub, occupies the 52nd floor. A 50th-floor observation deck, called the Skywalk Observatory, is currently the highest observation deck in New England open to the public, as the higher observation deck of 200 Clarendon Street has been closed since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Shops at Prudential Center

The Shops at Prudential Center is an urban shopping center located at the base of the Prudential Tower in Boston, Massachusetts. The mall lies adjacent to many other destinations such as: Hynes Convention Center, the 101/111 Huntington Avenue office towers, and a skywalk connecting it to Copley Place.The shopping complex is anchored by Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue; both owned by Canadian Hudson's Bay Company, and is home to over 75 specialty retailers, including upscale stores and dining such as Earl's, Lacoste, Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, Vineyard Vines, and more. The St. Francis Chapel, staffed by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, which is a functioning Roman Catholic chapel, is also located inside the shopping center. A 45,000 square foot open-market format Eataly location was opened in November 2016, replacing the existing food court.

UFC 111

UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on March 27, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, United States.

UFC 159

UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen was a mixed martial arts event held on April 27, 2013, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

UFC 169

UFC 169: Barão vs. Faber II was a mixed martial arts event held on February 1, 2014, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

UFC 78

UFC 78: Validation was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), that took place on November 17, 2007 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Validation was the first UFC event held in New Jersey since June 4, 2005's UFC 53: Heavy Hitters in Atlantic City.

Walsh Gymnasium

Walsh Gymnasium is a multi-purpose arena in South Orange, New Jersey on the campus of Seton Hall University. The arena opened in 1941 and can seat 1,655 people. It was home to the Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team before they moved to the Meadowlands in 1985 and then Prudential Center in 2007. Currently, the arena hosts the women's basketball and volleyball teams, but continues to host men's basketball for preseason exhibitions, postseason invitational games such as early rounds of the NIT, and occasionally a single non-conference game during the regular season's opening week. The building is part of the Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center, and, like the school's main library, is named for Rev. Thomas J. Walsh, Fifth Bishop of Newark and former President of the Board of Trustees.

In 2007, Seton Hall University announced that selected women's basketball games will be played in Prudential Center in Newark.

Walsh hosted a semifinal game of the ECAC Metro Region Tournament, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college basketball tournament organized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), in 1977. Both games for the Pirates in the 2012 NIT were played in Walsh.

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