New home for Seton Hall basketball
According to today's Newark Star-Ledger, Seton Hall has reached agreement with the new Prudential Center in Newark, meaning that their 26-year run of playing at the Continental Airlines Arena will come to an end. While negotiations have not been finalized, the New Jersey Devils (primary tenants of the new arena) and Seton Hall have found common ground in areas such as weekend scheduling, a major sticking point early in the negotiation process. With the Devils moving to Newark for the 2007-08 season, and the Nets moving to Brooklyn in 2009, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority finds itself in a very tough spot when it comes to the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
The Prudential Center is four miles away from Seton Hall's main campus in South Orange, and three blocks from the law school in Newark. In order to attend home games at CAA, some students had to take school-provided school buses to the arena. In 1998-99, I was one of those kids. So while Seton Hall has had some great moments at the Meadowlands, such as their win over Georgetown back in 1989, this move could do wonders for attendance and the growth of the program.