Big news yesterday from Siena, who announced that the men's basketball team will play at the Times Union Center through the 2020 season.

The following is information provided from Siena's press release:

The Saints have been playing home games in the Arena since its opening in 1990, and made the full-time move prior to the 1997-98 season.

"We are proud of our long partnership with the County of Albany and excited to know it will continue for many more exciting seasons at the Times Union Center,” Siena College President Br. F. Ed Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D. said. “The County and executive Dan McCoy continue to make the Center a venue with a winning atmosphere for our student athletes and fans. The result is an environment that distinguishes Siena from our athletic rivals, and allows us to deliver our message to thousands of fans across the Capital Region.”

The Saints have drawn over 2-million fans (2,075,705) in 315 games played at Times Union Center, and have ranked in the top-100 nationally 18 straight years since making the full-time move. Siena has averaged 6,590 fans per home game at Times Union Center.

"Siena is fortunate to have an outstanding partnership with the County of Albany and SMG,” Siena College vice president and director of athletics John D’Argenio said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the County, Bob Belber and the Times Union Center staff to provide a great sports entertainment experience to Capital Region fans.

The Saints own a 209-106 (.663) all-time record at Times Union Center. The Saints won three straight MAAC Championship and 38 straight games at Times Union Center from 2008-10.

In 2009-10, the Saints welcomed a program-record 133,505 spectators through the Times Union Center doors, an average of 7,853 fans per game. Last year’s home game against UAlbany drew 10,278 fans, marking the 32nd time Siena has drawn over 10,000 fans for a home game at Times Union Center.