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The Rutgers Athletic Center, or The RAC as it’s often called, is home to the Rutgers men’s and women’s basketball programs.
Opened in 1977, the Rutgers Athletic Center is one of the great arenas in the nation to watch exciting college basketball. The fans are right on top of the action. It's also the perfect-sized venue to see a basketball game. This 8,000 seat arena has been dubbed, “louder than a 757 from nearby Newark.” The RAC is definitely one of the toughest college basketball arenas in the nation for visiting opponents.
Most fans and students still refer to this truncated pyramid, which lies on the northern end of the Livingston campus.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE RAC
"The Scarlet Knights play great there, and the crowd is right on top of you and intimidating.”
- ESPN Analyst Jay Bilas
“If you ask the (BIG EAST) coaches where you would want to play, Rutgers would not be on the list.”
-Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino
“They play fearlessly in this building. That's their trademark. They make tough shots in this place. "
- Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey
"It's appropriately named because back in the olden days, the rack served as a torture device. It's always been a difficult building to play in for us."
- Former Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun
“It is very difficult at the RAC. They have a great home crowd. The student body and everybody really comes out to support them. Just the way the gym is shaped, it seems like everybody is on top of you. At times, if you're not focused, you can get lost in the game just by how intense the crowd is."
- Former Connecticut Guard Ben Gordon