On September 7, 2009 a record-crowd packed the newly expanded stadium.
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The Rutgers Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that High Point Solutions has acquired the naming rights to Rutgers Stadium, the 52,454-seat home of the Rutgers Football program.
The crown jewel venue of Rutgers Athletics is now called High Point Solutions Stadium. The first event in High Point Solutions Stadium was on September 1, 2011, when Rutgers defeated North Carolina Central 48-0.
The 10-year agreement between Rutgers Athletics and High Point Solutions was reached as a result of the partnership formed between Rutgers Athletics, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and IMG College to secure a naming rights partner.
“Forging relationships within the community is a significant part of what defines High Point Solutions," said Tom Mendiburu, Co-Founder, High Point Solutions. “We are truly honored to be associated with the fine traditions of Rutgers University and consider it a privilege to support New Jersey education and athletics. We look forward to this long term partnership.”
Formed in July of 1996, High Point Solutions, Inc. was created to meet the specific needs of the Fortune 500 and service provider industries and has rapidly become known as a leader in the Information Technology and service sectors. As a specialist IT Services and Solutions provider, High Point partners with clients in planning, building and supporting their IT infrastructures.
High Point Solutions, Inc. is located in Sparta, N.J.
“When we began this process, we were looking for a very specific fit, and we have found that in the company, the people and the core values of High Point Solutions,” said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. “It is very special to create this partnership between one of New Jersey’s most innovative and successful corporations and Rutgers University.”
“This alliance will provide High Point Solutions with an extensive platform in which to continue to build its brand and business, and aligns Rutgers with a respected New Jersey-based technology company,” said Brett Yormark, President and CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “This is Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment’s third naming rights deal in the No. 1 media market in the country, which truly sets us apart from anyone in the industry.”
Rutgers, the Birthplace of College Football, began playing at the “Old” Rutgers Stadium on November 5, 1938 in Piscataway. Rutgers Stadium was then built on the site of the “Old” Rutgers Stadium as the Scarlet Knights began play in their new 41,500-seat stadium in 1994.
The stadium was expanded in 2009 to its current seating capacity of 52,454. Rutgers, which has appeared in five bowl games over the previous six seasons, won four consecutive bowls during the time span.
In 2009, Rutgers, the Birthplace of College Football, completed a 102-millon dollar expansion of High Point Solutions Stadium to increase the capacity to 52, 454.
The Hale Center, which underwent a $12.5 million expansion, is the home of the Rutgers Football program. Along with the High Point Solutions Stadium adjacent to it, this facility houses some of the most advanced sports and training facilities in the country.
The first phase of the stadium project – construction of nearly 1,000 premium club level mezzanine seats and related infrastructure – was completed on time and on budget for the 2008 football season. The second phase added 11,412 seats, a new scoreboard and sound system, restrooms and concession stands to the stadium’s south end. A new entrance off River Road increases the stadium’s visibility while helping to ease traffic congestion on game days.
The 7,656-square-foot football recruiting lounge and welcome center opened in December of 2009 in the mezzanine level in the new south end zone of the expanded High Point Solutions Stadium. Uses of the facility, which seats more than 300, include:
- Year-round football recruiting functions
- In-game entertaining of appropriate groups
- High end Athletics fundraising opportunities and events.
- Recruiting tours for all other sports on non-football recruiting days
- High-end fundraising for senior level university officials and the Rutgers University Foundation
- Tours for prospective students and their families.
In addition to the new seating, the expansion upgraded the stadium’s sound system, scoreboard and video screen; concessions and rest rooms.
High Point Solutions Stadium has always been a place where students, alumni and friends could get together on a crisp Saturday afternoon in the fall, and cheer on their Knights.
The excitement at High Point Solutions Stadium on game days is at an all-time high in the Tri-State area.