Get to know Rutgers' Rutgers Athletic Center

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers Athletic Center, or more commonly called “The RAC,” opened in 1977. In that time, Keith Hughes, Steve Worthy and, most recently, Quincy Douby have starred in the uniquely shaped arena that holds 8,000 fans. The New Jersey Nets also called it home for a few seasons. Learn more facts about Rutgers’ home in this post.

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1977: Arena opened as Rutgers Athletic Center on Nov. 30 with a victory over rival Seton Hall.

1977-81: Serve as home to the then-New Jersey Nets.

1979: Styx brought their Grand Illusion to the arena on October 24.

1981: The Grateful Dead played at arena on May 15.

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1985 & 1989: Hosted the Atlantic Ten Conference men’s basketball tournaments.

1986: Rutgers Athletic Center was renamed Louis Brown Athletic Center after Rutgers’ graduate and former golfer who made a big donation.

1996: Hosted PBA’s Johnny Petraglia Open, which was aired live on ABC.

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DaHook on 7/7/2014 @ 9:58am EST Said:

Too small by B1G standards. Hopefully the powers that be at RU gets the funds to build a larger facility. 8,000 does not cut it.