St. John's is one of America's leading Catholic universities – recognized for its superb academic programs, diverse student life, Big East excitement and New York vitality.
Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Community, St. John's is known for giving students the knowledge, skills and confidence to serve others while achieving personal and professional success.
|Game Date||Location||Final Score||Note|
|2/23/1961||New York||L 69-85|
|2/29/1964||New York||L 60-68|
|1/30/1965||Milwaukee||W 78-50||#7 St. John's|
|2/26/1966||New York||L 68-70|
|2/24/1968||New York||W 57-56|
|3/21/1970||New York||W 65-53||National Invitational Tournament Championship|
|11/13/2003||New York||W 52-45||Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament|
|03/07/2007||New York||W 76-67||Big East Tournament, #19 Marquette|
|03/11/2009||New York||W 74-45||Big East Tournament|
|02/24/2010||New York||W 63-61||Jimmy Butler buzzer beating game winner.|
|03/10/2010||New York||W 57-55||Big East Tournament|
The on-campus competition venue of the Red Storm men's and women's basketball, volleyball and men's and women's fencing teams, what was then referred to as Alumni Hall opened its doors on December 4, 1961, as St. John's defeated George Washington, 79-65.
In the fall of 2004, as part of a dedication ceremony honoring St. John's Hall of Fame coach, the University renamed the court and the building for longtime mentor Lou Carnesecca.
Since its opening 47 years ago, the building has had its lighting and sound system replaced, and a new scoreboard and playing surface have been installed. In the fall of 2005, the University announced tentative plans for a major renovation of the storied venue.
The building is one of the homes for St. John's Athletics, featuring the newly-opened Student-Athlete Center for Excellence, a weight room for varsity athletes, a cardiovascular room, locker rooms and office and meeting space for coaches and administrators.
With a seating capacity of 6,008, Carnesecca Arena ranks as the fourth-largest indoor arena in the Metropolitan area, behind the Meadowlands, Madison Square Garden and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In 1961, the year the facility was opened, the building was rated second only to Madison Square Garden.
For millions of people, not only in New York but around the world, Madison Square Garden is more than an arena. It symbolizes the very best in sports and entertainment, earning the moniker: “The World's Most Famous Arena.” The complex includes the 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, taking in familiar Garden staples such as the New York Knickerbockers, the New York Rangers, the New York Liberty, St. John's basketball, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, concerts, The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, World Championship Boxing and much more.
Of the four Madison Square Garden buildings, the first opening its doors in 1874 on Madison Avenue and 26th Street, none have ever lacked for star power. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and other sports and entertainment luminaries such as Barbara Streisand, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Luciano Pavarotti, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersey, Mary Slaney, and Dorothy Hamill have all performed in the Garden. Knicks' stars Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Bill Bradley, Earl Monroe, Patrick Ewing, and Rangers' heroes Andy Bathgate, Eddie Giacomin, Rod Gilbert and Wayne Gretzky have all called the Garden home.
Known as “the Mecca of College Basketball,” Madison Square Garden continues a 72-year tradition as it hosts the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer Championship, the NIT Season Tip-off and Postseason NIT Championships, the Jimmy V Classic, the BIG EAST Championship, the Aeropostale Holiday Festival and regular-season St. John's games. The Garden will also host the Public School Athletic League High School Basketball Championships.
In 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.