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Fleisher Center

Newark, NJ

Home of the NJIT Highlanders

2.3

1.6

Fleisher Center (map it)
84 Lock St
Newark, NJ 07103


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Year Opened: 2006

Capacity: 1,500

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Bare Bones Basketball at NJIT

The Fleisher Athletic Center is the home of the NJIT Highlanders. The team has enjoyed modest success in the last few years. During the 2014/15 season, they knocked off a ranked team in the University of Michigan. The arena was built in 1967 and it is showing its age. The Highlanders will be getting a brand new arena in 2017. There is a big sign that shows what it is going to look like. The arena will be more like a college basketball venue and looks beautiful in the picture. NJIT has decent athletic teams and they deserve a nice venue in which to play their games. While this venue isn’t the best to take in a college basketball game, you can certainly do worse.

2.3

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    2

There is not a whole lot of variety here when it comes to food. They have hot dogs, popcorn, pretzels and candy. There is also Gatorade and water. If you want something more substantial, they do serve slices of pizza. The only concession stand they have is when you first walk in the doors. The scope of the arena makes it difficult to have a variety of food offerings. When they open their new facility there may be more options to come. You may want to sample one of the many restaurants around Newark before or after an NJIT game, as there is not a whole lot in the immediate vicinity of the Fleisher Center.

Atmosphere    2

For a small school, this has a nice atmosphere. The dance team is very good and enhances the experience of the game. There are also giveaways and trivia contests during breaks in the action. The team does not have a pep band or cheerleaders though. The PA announcer does a good job with getting the crowd fired up and involved in the game. I also thought that the music selection was pretty good and worked well with the flow of the game. You won't be getting the atmosphere of "big time" college basketball, but it is not a horrible atmosphere either.

Neighborhood    1

The campus of NJIT is located in Newark. This is a city that is known for being a very rough place with a good amount of crime. NJIT isn't in the worst area of Newark but it is still not an ideal place to walk around, especially at night. There aren't many good places to eat in the immediate area. But, if you take a short drive or train ride you can find some very good restaurants. This isn't the place to be wandering around after a night game, that's the bottom line.

Fans    3

The gym at NJIT does not hold that many fans, but the ones that are there are really into the game. It was a pretty full crowd when I attended and the fans were involved in the game the whole way. The fans cheer and boo and generally know their stuff. They treat the few opposing fans that are at the games with respect. There are a fair amount of students at the game showing support in the student section. The enthusiasm that the students show seems to give the players a boost at times.

Access    3

It is relatively easy to get to the NJIT campus, especially if you use public transportation. If you are at Newark Penn Station, you can take the light rail to Warren Street station and you will be right on the campus of NJIT. The light rail is very cheap as well as clean and fast. Once you get out of the light rail station you just walk a few hundred feet and you are at the Fleisher Athletic Center. There is parking in the area, but make sure you park close. You do not want to be wandering around the streets of Newark at night.

Return on Investment    3

Attending an NJIT basketball game will not hurt your wallet. The ticket prices are very affordable. Most seats are general admission so you can choose where you sit when you walk in. There is only one side of seats, and they are on the side that is opposite the benches. The snack bar is not too pricey, and overall you won't have to spend much money to go to an NJIT basketball game. The prices may go up when NJIT moves into its new arena. The basketball is pretty good for the money you are paying.

Extras    2

One star goes to the great dance team at NJIT. They have very good performances and are well choreographed. They really get the crowd into the game and excited.

A second star goes to the PA announcer who does a great job with keeping the energy up. There are points in the game where the team gets cold, but the PA announcer keeps the crowd loud and in the game.

Final Thoughts

NJIT basketball is by no means a powerhouse in college basketball. It is a program that has had some success in recent years though. The team is an exciting one to watch. If you are in the area, I would recommend stopping at the Fleisher Athletic Center to check out NJIT basketball.

GWC no longer

The Great West Conference is now defunct, victim of all the conference shenanigans over the last couple of years. NJIT is now an independent that hosted an odd assortment of teams this season (2013-14), with Duquesne perhaps the biggest name.Their road schedule seemed a bit more interesting. No idea if the NEC, MAAC, or America East will welcome them for next season but the program is not terrible and deserves a conference spot.

by sportsroadtrips | Feb 25, 2014 03:36 PM

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Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center

Total Score: 1.57

  • Food & Beverage: 1
  • Atmosphere 1
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 1

I went to visit the New Jersey Institute of Technology basketball arena expecting very little. After all, this is a program that lost 51 straight games when they entered Division I, and the school isn’t really known as an athletic powerhouse. Unfortunately, the low expectations I had were not even met. I actually laughed a little when I walked into the facility. It looked like a YMCA intramural league gym. I sat down and marveled at the fact that I was watching D-I basketball in a place that was no bigger than my elementary school gymnasium. To top it off, NJIT was playing Army that night. The actual team from West Point, NY was going to play here.

So, there’s really two ways of looking at the experience of watching a home NJIT game. The optimist says, “Hey, D-I basketball where I can sit five feet from the floor with a general admission ticket. Sweet! ” The pessimist says, “This is Division I? What a joke. I know high school gyms that blow this out of the water.” So, as a Stadium Journey Correspondent, I have to keep an open mind, but I have a duty to tell the sports traveler the unadulterated truth. I like to think of myself as an optimist, but this is really a not great facility.

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