Rutgers Reaches Out to Fans for Arena Input
The Rutgers Athletic Department is reaching out to the fans for input on renovations to Jersey Mike’s Arena.
In a story published by NJ.com, Rutgers sent out a survey to season and single-game ticket holders about the arena’s new look. According to Athletic Director Pat Hobbs, the goal is to “have everything done” for the 2025-26 winter sports season.
“Before the architects go forward, they need to get some feedback from our fanbase about what they want,” Hobbs to NJ.com. “We already know what they want: don’t change the atmosphere. We’re not going to change the atmosphere. We’re going to maintain the atmosphere, but folks know we need better concourses. We need more concessions. We need premium seating. We need a few more bathrooms — maybe four times what we have now.”
Rutgers is hoping to create a 360 degree open concourse that will contain a new external lobby. There would also be updates to the concourse, club level and priority level seating and various other upgrades.
Hobbs added that the focus for the Athletic Department is to do something with Jersey Mike’s Arena rather than build an entirely new facility.
AECOM is the architectural firm spearheading the project.
Rutgers expects to gather results from the survey and present its final renderings to University President Jonathan Holloway and the Board of Governors during their annual summer meeting, which is currently scheduled for June 20, 2024.
Formally known as the RAC (Rutgers Athletic Center), Rutgers signed a 20-year naming rights deal with Jersey Mike’s. The Arena has been the home to Rutgers men’s, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball, and wrestling.