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Bob Carpenter Center, Newark

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Bob Carpenter Center is a 5,100-seat multi-purpose arena, in Newark, Delaware, named in honor of benefactor and trustee, R. R. M. Carpenter Jr. (1915–1990). Students at the University of Delaware have nicknamed it "The Bob."
The arena opened in 1992 and was designed by HOK Sport (now known as Populous), who have been involved in more than 150 sports and recreation projects. The construction of the building cost $20.5 million. In late 2010, the University constructed an addition, which includes two full-size basketball courts, new offices and locker rooms for the basketball and volleyball programs, and a new entrance plaza.
The arena section of the building is named in honor of Frank E. Acierno, a local businessman and developer, who donated $1 million to the Bob Carpenter Center, the largest gift from a single donor.

It is home to the University of Delaware Blue Hens men’s and women’s basketball teams (men and women), and from 2013 to 2018, the Delaware 87ers (now the Delaware Blue Coats) of the NBA G League. It has also hosted a preseason game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics. Since 2014, it has hosted one annual WNBA preseason game, except in 2017. Each of the WNBA games has featured UD product Elena Delle Donne, who was with the Chicago Sky from 2013 to 2016 and has been with the Washington Mystics since 2017.
It hosted a campaign rally for Vice President Al Gore in 1996 and all or part of America East Conference men's basketball tournaments from 1997 to 2001.

It also hosts other events, such as the WWE, music and comedy concerts, and craft fairs.

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  • A basic but excellent arena. No bad seats in the place. Concourses are very wide. Bathrooms are plentiful.  more »
  • Great place to see a game. Easy access, good seats, intimidate type environment since arena holds roughly 5,000 people max.  more »
  • William Penn High school like most high schools in this region host their graduations here. It is an amazing place. Maybe I am old fashion, but nothing beats the William Penn Football field graduations. No with nostalgia out of the way. Being inside and having a great atmosphere and allow more folks to experience the event in comfort is priceless as well. Getting in should have been easier, but it was still faster then being at the high school and more wheelchair accessible as well.
  • I went to a concert at The Bob Carpenter Center. Parking was a complete fiasco. There were empty spots all over the place (not counting the ones that were flooded out from rain) but they wouldn't let anyone into those parking lots. It took about 45 minutes to get to a parking spot and that was from turning right onto 896 from Route 4. Which is about 1/4 mile. People were parking in the church lot and hotels and walking over. They must have previous experience of the nightmare parking is. Then when we got into the venue, we were in the 4th row from the floor but had to go up the elevator in order to walk back down all the steps to get to our seat which was painful for my friend who has a bad knee. Really not sure why they can't allow people to walk down the aisle to get to their section. If they want to host concerts they need to get it together. Maybe talk to Camden who has made great improvements in parking and exiting in the past years. I've been to high school graduations here as well and think it is a mess the way they drop everyone out into a small alley where you try to find your graduate.
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