Having lived in the Capital Region all my life, I have been blessed to attend countless sports events at several venues throughout the area. But in the midst of all the madness that’s been happening in the sports world recently, I was able to have a minute of reflection about all of the great times I had growing up as a young sports fan and thought of a question I believe is worth debating: which sports venue is the best around here?

I’ve taken the liberty of gathering preliminary information about the five venues I believe are the best in the Capital Region, so let’s take a look.

Times Union Center

  • Opened: January 30, 1990
  • Former Names: Knickerbocker Arena (1990-1997) and Pepsi Arena (1997-2007)
  • Capacity: Ranges from 13,785 – 17,500
  • Current Tenants: Siena Saints men’s basketball and Albany Devils
  • Former Tenants: Albany Firebirds, Albany River Rats, Albany Attack, Albany Conquest, Albany Choppers and New York Knicks

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium

  • Opened: April 6, 2002
  • Capacity: 4,500, plus grass / picnic seating and 10 luxury boxes
  • Current Tenants: Tri-City Valleycats, Hudson Valley Community College baseball and Section 2 Baseball Sectionals

Messa Rink

Messa Rink

  • Opened: 1975
  • Former Names: Achilles Rink (1975-2003)
  • Capacity: 2,225
  • Current Tenants: Union College hockey and broomball

Washington Avenue Armory

  • Opened: 1890 (renovated in the 1930s)
  • Capacity: 3,600 – 4,300
  • Current Tenants: Albany All Stars Roller Derby
  • Former Tenants: Albany Patroons, Albany Legends and New York Buzz

Glens Falls Civic Center

  • Opened: May 18, 1979
  • Capacity: 4,806 – 6,806
  • Current Tenants: Adirondack Phantoms
  • Former Tenants: Adirondack Red Wings, Adirondack Frostbite, Adirondack Wildcats and Empire State Cobras

So which venue do you think is the best? Did I miss one? Go ahead and vote in the poll below. If you think there’s a venue better than the ones I’ve provided, feel free to comment below and let me know what you think is the “top dog” in the Capital Region.

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