Visitor Information

UAlbany Speaker Series

Planning your Visit

Whether you are a student, employee, alumnus/ae or friend, we are excited to host you at this Speaker Series event. We look forward to sharing our Great Dane pride with you and invite you to take a few moments to review the information below as you plan for the evening.

Know Before You Go

UAlbany's Speaker Series events are held in the SEFCU Arena which is located on our Uptown Campus.

Map coordinates are 42°40′54″N 73°49′42″W, or use "UAlbany SEFCU Arena" in Google maps.

From the north
Take the Northway (I-87) south to Exit 1E onto I-90 east (Albany/Boston), then Exit 2 (Washington Ave/UAlbany) which leads right into UAlbany.

From the south
Take the Thruway north to Exit 24. After the tollbooths, go onto I-90 east towards Boston to Exit 2 (Washington Ave/UAlbany) which leads right into UAlbany.

From the east
Take I-90 west (towards Buffalo) to Exit 2 (Fuller Rd/UAlbany). At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Fuller Road. At the next traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto the Washington Avenue ramp, then merge onto Washington Avenue at the traffic light. The UAlbany will be on your right.

From the west
Take the Thruway east to Exit 24. After the tollbooths, go onto I-90 east towards Boston to Exit 2 (Washington Ave/UAlbany) which leads right into UAlbany.

Once on campus, follow the Speaker Series event signage to the designated parking area. 

Parking and Shuttles

Free parking for the Speaker Series is available on a first come, first served basis in the SEFCU Arena Parking Lot and the Dutch Quad Lot.

Wheelchair-accessible shuttle buses will be available from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. to assist you with getting to/from the Dutch Quad Lot and the Arena. Or, if you prefer, it is a short 5 minute walk to the venue. 

Accessibility/Special Needs Accommodations

Accessible seating and other reasonable accommodations are available for individuals with disabilities and/or injuries. Should you require special arrangements beyond what is listed below, please contact the Office of University Events.

A limited number of handicapped parking spaces for vehicles with a state-issued tag will be available in the small lot adjacent to the arena bus turnaround. The turnaround is also a desirable drop-off area, and the preferable entry point for guests with special needs as there is an outdoor ramp that leads up to the buildings. 

The SEFCU Arena is ADA compliant, offering elevator service, accessible restrooms and seating. Accessible seating is available along the arena floor (where two guests are allowed to accompany the guest) and at the lobby level (where one guest is allowed). 

Live captioning of the event will be provided in the Stuyvesant Plaza scoreboard. 

Service animals are permitted, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Security Policies

For Your Safety

Your safety is our first priority. As you arrive to the SEFCU Arena, you will be greeted by the UAlbany Police Department who will conduct a speedy inspection of all belongings you may have with you. You may also be asked to unfasten any outerwear. Because of these security measures, please allow yourself a few extra minutes and/or leave any unnecessary belongings behind. 

The following items are prohibited per University policy:

  • large bags
  • backpacks
  • food/beverages, including water bottles, thermoses, cans, etc.
  • umbrellas
  • laser objects
  • signs/sticks/selfie sticks
  • artificial noisemakers
  • aerosol and spray cans
  • balloons
  • alcohol
  • e-cigarettes
  • illegal drugs and/or related paraphernalia
  • weapons
  • projectiles
  • apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language
  • animals (except in the case of service animals trained to perform needed tasks for attendees with disabilities)
  • any item that, in the judgement of event or venue management, may pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of the event by other guests