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Michael J. Hagan Arena

Philadelphia, PA

Home of the St. Joseph's Hawks

3.4

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Michael J. Hagan Arena (map it)
2450 N 54th St
Philadelphia, PA 19131


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Michael J. Hagan Arena website

Year Opened: 2009

Capacity: 4,200

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The Hawk Will Never Die

Saint Joseph's University is a Jesuit university located in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia and the Lower Merion Township along the historic Pennsylvania Main Line. Founded in 1851 it is the seventh oldest Jesuit university in the United States.

The Hawks participate in the Atlantic 10 Conference, as well as the Philadelphia Big 5. The university’s motto is “The Hawk Will Never Die,” which is why the Hawk mascot never stops flapping his wings. In 2014, the Hawk mascot was named as the "Best College Basketball Tradition" by NCAA.com.

Hagan Arena was previously known as the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse until a major renovation was finished in 2009. Although not technically a new arena, the extensive remodeling efforts means the arena is generally considered a newer facility.

The older facility sat 3,200 with most of the 1,000 extra seats in Hagan added to the student section. On October 26, 1967, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr spoke at the Fieldhouse.

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The new arena was named after Michael Hagan, a 1985 graduate who donated $10 million toward the project. The renovation was part of a larger project called “With Faith and Strength To Dare: The Campaign For Saint Joseph's University.”

3.4

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

The food offerings at Hagan Arena are pretty limited. There are a couple of food stands in the lower and upper lobbies offering the very basic food items. I wouldn't waste too much time getting food at the game as there are too many options in the area for pre and post game enjoyment.

If they are selling Philadelphia style pretzels at a table in the main lobby that is one of the best food bets. But once they are sold out, they are all gone. No replenishment here.

Atmosphere    4

The advantage of essentially building a new venue in the old bones of an older building is that the new facility is still small and intimate. Everything and everyone is tightly packed in. That allows for a loud and intimidating environment.

The student section is right off of one end of the court. They are loud and intense. Adding more student seats to the old arena was a smart move.

Also located by the students is a nice pep band and a good set of cheerleaders.

The Hawk mascot with its never ending flapping wings is also a pretty fun sight. The poor person inside the costume is certainly getting a good workout.

Neighborhood    4

St. Joseph University is located in the Main Line in Philadelphia. This area has some of the wealthiest towns in the country, including Lower Merion, Radnor and Gladwyne.

Larry's Steaks offers traditional Philly cheesesteaks across from the Hagan Arena. That is a good option for food, although a true Philadelphia native may prefer their own cheesesteak establishment instead. Landmark Americana is a really good bar and restaurant also across the street that serves good food and drinks.

There are many food options in and around the area. Peace a Pizza (4 Station Road, Ardmore, PA) has good pizza by the slice, often with some unusual options. 333 Belrose Bar & Grille (333 Belrose, King Of Prussia, PA) is worth a bit of drive for high end dining.

Wayne, PA is another popular area to explore before games. Pipeline Tacos and Teresa's Next Door are good options for food and drink respectively. Of course the city of Philadelphia is close by so many options exist in that large city. May I suggest Philip's Steaks at 2234 West Passyunk Avenue if you want to try a cheesesteak away from Larry's?

Fans    4

The student section is very loud. and the rest of the crowd also does a good job of providing a good game atmosphere. The close and intense environment allows the fans to engage very well.

The arena is not too big, so getting a seat may be a bit hard as these games fill up nicely. Neighboring Atlantic 10 school LaSalle is a hard ticket to get when they come to town.

Access    3

The university is located on Route 1, not very far from I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway). Route 30 is also located close by.

Parking is plentiful across from the arena. There is a $10 parking charge.

Public transportation is close by as you can take a SEPTA train from 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia to the area. Check the schedules for night and weekend games.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets can be pricey. For Atlantic 10 games expect to start at least $25, with prices easily going higher for close sidelines seats.

These are expensive tickets, but this is also a high caliber basketball environment in an fancy part of town, so one almost expects to pay these kind of prices.

Extras    4

The never ending flapping wings of the Hawk is an interesting thing to see.

There are plenty of historical trophies, plaques and banners around the arena and the nearby practice facility. Make sure to spend some time taking a look at some of the greats of Hawks past.

The old versus new aspects of the arena is quite a thing to see. The arena feels like an old arena. But then all the seats are nice and there are actual bathrooms and room to move in the lobby, which you will not usually see in the older facilities.

Also check out the student section. It is one of the closest to the floor student sections I have seen. And they take advantage of that intimacy by being quite a force against the Hawks opponents.

Final Thoughts

Hagan Arena is a unique mix of the old and new. The old design of the arena ensures that the sound and intensity will be there for all games, but the newer amenities makes sure that the fans will enjoy coming to a game.

Hagan Arena Saint Joseph's Hawks basketball update May 2012

Saint Joseph's is reviewing their ticket prices this summer. The initial three year commitment for mandatory donations for season ticket holders has expired. With the exception of games during the holiday break all single ticket prices last year were the same for adults at $30 each or more if you bought online and added service charges.

Much too expensive in my opinion. Also Josh I think you may be being too kind regarding the Hagan concessions. They have a very limited selection and almost always serve lukewarm if not room temperature hot dogs and run out of pizza even before the games start. The concession stands are less than high school standards and don't match the upgrades to the HVAC, sound systems, or additional concourse space and restrooms.

Parking is $10 in the open lot and in the parking garage across the street on 54th Street.

I agree with you about the overall environment their student section is very passionate and creative and Saint Joseph's upgraded Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse into the Hagan Arena while retaining much of the original feel of the building.

by BucketList | May 31, 2012 11:54 AM

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Hagan Arena, short for Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena, opened for the 2009-10 season after the expansion and renovation of the Alumni Memorial Field House. Hagan Arena now seats 4,200 - an increase of 1,000 seats. The arena is home to the St. Joseph's Hawks men's basketball team. St. Joseph's has a strong basketball tradition which includes 19 appearances in the NCAA basketball tournament, and one Final Four appearance (1961). The Hawks are more recently famous for their 2003-04 team that featured current NBA players Jameer Nelson and Delonte West.

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The Atlantic-10 conference might have the best collection of arenas in all of college basketball. The A-10 boasts historic field houses like Fordham’s Rose Hill Pavillion and Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, and they have more modern facilities like those at St. Louis and Rhode Island. What makes the Hagan Arena at St. Joe’s great is they have seamlessly merged the old with the new. From 1949-2009, the Arena was known as the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. In 2008, it was announced that the Fieldhouse would be renovated and more modern amenities would be put in. For a year, the Hawks played their home games at the Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania while the fieldhouse was being renovated. The Hawks returned to the renamed Hagan Arena, where they were greeted with a brand new basketball center (named for the iconic coach and broadcaster Dr. Jack Ramsay) and an arena that kept the spirit of the Fieldhouse, while making it more fan-friendly. More seats were also added in the student section. Let’s take a look at Hagan Arena, the nest of the Hawks.

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