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Address: 51 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207-1527 (Formerly the Pepsi Arena)
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+1 518-487-2000

This multipurpose civic center hosts musical performances, ice shows, trade...

This multipurpose civic center hosts musical performances, ice shows, trade shows and is home to the AHL River Rats, NLP Attack and the Siena Saints MAAC basketball team.

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One More Night with The Boss

Have been to this arena for a number of concerts, most recently Bruce Springsteen. As arenas go, it is on the smaller side so you're never that far away. Even thought we were in... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2016
Randolph, Vermont
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Randolph, Vermont
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45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016

Have been to this arena for a number of concerts, most recently Bruce Springsteen. As arenas go, it is on the smaller side so you're never that far away. Even thought we were in the "nosebleeds" you could still see well and the sound was great for this show. Get there early for parking or if you want to eat... More 

Thank Mick7Fairlee_Vermont
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016

Went to the Jeff Dunham show which was hilarious. The only problem was that the seats don't have enough leg room and are too narrow. Worse than flying in the cheap seats on an airline.

Thank Stephen C
Clifton Park, New York
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

The TU Center needs attention - & some honest advertising... We were in one of the boxes. The bathroom smelled bad (@ 2 PM). Regarding the seating, the armrests - several of them - just fell off: they're not screwed on. Then I got a coffee - there are Dunkin Donuts signs & ads everywhere throughout the TU, including at... More 

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Albany, New York
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 January 2016

Fun night! Mayor's cup - local rivalry. Hockey games are always fun. We had great seats in section 105, row k..

Thank Kathy S
New York
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

Will never attend an event there again! Went to Monster Jam tonight with four year old Grandson who had been sick last week, still on cold meds. Figured we could go to The Pit Party (50 dollars), which ran 4-6 ( we arrived at 4:30. Then we could leave and go sit down relax for dinner and return for the... More 

Thank dibber44
Germantown, New York
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346 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

This is a great venue to watch a basketball or hockey game. Viewing is good in all areas. Catch the circus when it is in town or another special show or concert.

Thank Cac1234
Albany, New York
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98 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Went to see Siena beat up Fairfield College in a basketball game. had seats near the floor, so I felt like we were right in the action. But, I have had seats in many places and levels in the Center and they are mostly all good from a seating point of view. Restrooms leave a bit to be desired because... More 

Thank igolfnbird
Albany, New York
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81 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2015

I have seen the greats here: Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and the Dead. I've seen Bobby in several smaller and more intimate venues, and those are significantly better venues for music. By and large, though, these icons don't play the smaller halls, so we fans are condemned to these abominations if we want to hear the greats. For... More 

Thank NossonMeir
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47 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2015

great place to watch a hokey game, enjoy the atmosphere, there are food available too. have a hot coffee and pop corn and enjoy the game. ready n GO.

Thank Fei Y
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131 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2015 via mobile

As usual, an awesome show. As for the Times Union Center; security was stepped up with the addition of walk through metal detectors. What a joke. Almost everyone rang going through them and then was pushed to the ticket collector only spot checking a few people. All in all the "extra" added security is a waste of time and money.... More 

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