UAlbany Begins Recreation &
Convocation Center Renovations
(September 10, 2004)
Renovations to the Recreation and Convocation
Center (RACC) have begun, and the $1.5 million
improvement is expected to be completed by November
30, announced UAlbany Director of Athletics
and Recreation Lee McElroy.
The RACC’s three playing surfaces, located
on the arena level, will be completely changed
over to Robbins biochannel flooring, plus a
new synthetic surface will cover the 170-meter
indoor track. In addition, the facility’s sound
system, wiring, and telecommunications and data
will be upgraded. Bunkoff General Contractors,
Inc., of Latham, and McBain Electric, Inc.,
of Troy, are handling the project.
The University opened the RACC, an $11 million
multi-purpose facility, in the spring of 1992.
The RACC is the home for UAlbany’s men’s and
women’s basketball teams. The 5,000-seat arena
also serves as a major venue for Capital Region
community events and University activities.
“The upgrade to the centerpiece of our current
athletic complex is in keeping with the University’s
commitment to Division I intercollegiate athletics
and a recreation program for all students,”
McElroy said. “All students, faculty and staff,
as well as the community, will benefit from
Over the next three months, the RACC’s fitness
center, locker rooms, racquetball/ handball
courts, and other areas will continue to keep
regular hours. The RACC arena’s upper-level
walking track will be closed. The University
Bubble, which will house two full-sized basketball
courts, and University Gymnasium will be used
to accommodate recreation and intramurals.