Formerly known as Alumni Hall, Carnesecca Arena opened its doors in December 1961 and is the on-campus facility for the men and women's basketball teams, fencing teams and volleyball team. In 525 games at Carnesecca Arena, St. John's men's basketball has compiled a 443-83 (.842) record, including a 79-65 win against Georgetown University in the first ever game played in the arena.
The University renamed the court in the fall of 2004 and building as part of a dedication ceremony honoring St. John's Hall of Fame coach and longtime mentor Lou Carnesecca. Along with the renaming, the University approved a plan to renovate the building.
Beginning in 2005, Carnesecca Arena underwent more than $30 million of renovations in a three-year period. The new floor plan expanded the lobby of Carnesecca Arena, which now honors past and present St. John's teams with displays of championship hardware. New ticket windows were stationed outside the front entrance allowing easy access for fans, while creating a better traffic flow for large crowds. The building features the newly opened Student-Athlete Center for Excellence, a weight room for varsity athletes, a cardiovascular room, locker rooms, as well as office and meeting space for coaches and administrators. In addition, the arena now has a center-hung scoreboard and refurbished locker rooms. The remodeled arena officially opened in 2008 and currently ranks as the fourth-largest indoor arena in the Metropolitan area with a seating capacity of 5,602.
In the Fall of 2005, St. John's University completed the construction of Taffner Field House -- a $16 million, 43,000 square-foot facility that now serves as the practice courts of St. John's men's and women's basketball. In the fall of 2015, the facility received a facelift, as the office area, weight room and locker rooms were renovated to better reflect the history and brand of St. John's Basketball.
Madison Square Garden
As "The World's Most Famous Arena," Madison Square Garden symbolizes the very best in sports and entertainment. The complex includes a 20,000-seat main Arena, The Theater, which holds 5,600 seats, the 40,000-square-foot Expo Center, two restaurants and 89 club suites.
Nearly five million fans pass through the Garden's turnstiles every year. Spectators take in familiar Garden staples such as the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty, St. John's basketball, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, concerts, The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, World Championship Boxing and much more.
Known as "the Mecca of College Basketball," Madison Square Garden hosts the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer Championship, the NIT Season Tip-off and Postseason NIT Championship, the Jimmy V Classic, the BIG EAST Championship, the Aeropostale Holiday Festival as well as regular season St. John's basketball games.
A fan-friendly environment with a flair for the spectacular, Madison Square Garden is a part of the very fabric of New York City and is committed to continuing its legacy as the world's number one address for sports and entertainment.