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Stratis Arena

Hackensack, NJ

Home of the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights

2.9

2.0

Stratis Arena (map it)
3 University Plaza Dr
Hackensack, NJ 07601


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Year Opened: 1987

Capacity: 5,000

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Knight Game

If you’re looking for a throwback college basketball experience, taking in a Fairleigh Dickinson Knights game at Stratis Arena may be just your cup of tea. Though the gym lacks the bells and whistles of many other multi-million dollar NCAA venues, there is something charmingly authentic about the arena that seems to say, “I’m just here to watch basketball.”

The arena, which is part of the Rothman Center, a multipurpose facility, was named for alumnus and benefactor Mark Kay Stratis in 2007. The Rothman Center also houses athletic facilities for other Fairleigh Dickinson sports teams, a lounge, and training areas.

2.9

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  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
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Food & Beverage    3

Concessions at Stratis Arena are about as basic as it gets. The variety of snacks offered is actually pretty good for a smaller venue and the pricing is very reasonable, but don't go expecting to get a meal. I do recommend the pretzels, which are fresh and only $2.

Atmosphere    3

The word "arena" feels a bit too big for Stratis. "Gym" would have been a more appropriate moniker. There would be no confusing the facility with those you see hosting NCAA tourney games, but that isn't necessarily a horrible thing. The focus here is on the game, with no distractions. Though the structure and amenities are modest and the atmosphere inside the gym is restrained, this is about as cozy a place as an athletic facility can be, and will appeal to those who have a touch of nostalgia in their love of sports.

There are cheerleaders and a dance team to keep you occupied during the time outs. T-shirts are shot into the stands as well. There are banners honoring all NEC championships in all sports as well as national tournament appearances.

Neighborhood    2

Northern New Jersey, for the most part, isn't known for its tourist appeal. Hackensack, where Fairleigh Dickinson is located, is no exception. The school doesn't have much in the way of a campus, and the surrounding area is largely suburban and not designed to appeal to visitors.

On the plus side, the area is safe, has views of the river, and has some charming green spaces nearby.

It's tough to find a place to eat nearby. We found a Cosi and a couple of small, locally owned pizza/sandwich shops, though those appeared mostly to cater to carry-out customers.

Fans    3

For this small school, the enthusiasm of the fans is impressive as is the amount of noise they generate inside Stratis Arena. There were a number of alumni and older fans mixed in with some of the younger generation, which was nice to see on a very cold evening that resulted in a relatively low attendance during my most recent visit.

Access    3

Though the freeways of Northern New Jersey make any destination in the area tricky to find, access to Stratis Arena via car is relatively easy. There is plenty of parking for the gym and little traffic to contend with in the immediate area.

One thing that gets confusing, if you are looking to an internet search or GPS for directions, be sure to input your destination as Stratis Arena/Rothman Center, rather than Fairleigh Dickinson University. The main campus is across the river in Teaneck, and directions ending there will put a body of water between you and your final destination.

If you are using public transportation, you can use NJ Transit's Pascack Valley Line out of Hoboken, arriving at Anderson Street. From there, a ten-minute walk will take you past a few restaurants along the way to the arena. There are also NJ Transit buses from the Port Authority Bus Terminal that take just over an hour.

Return on Investment    4

Reserve seating is $15 and takes up one side of the court, with box seats. General admission seating is $10 and takes up the other sides of the court, with bench seating.

The admission prices, whether you pay for premium seating or not, are very reasonable. The question of return on investment lies solely in how you plan to get there. If you're in the local area, it's a very worthy trip. For those from farther afield, transportation costs will likely become too high to make the trip worthwhile. Note that tickets are cash only, but can be reserved online in advance and paid for at will call before the game.

Extras    2

There is a small Hall of Fame along one wall behind one of the baskets. Only player names are listed, with no accomplishments.

The reserved seats show FDU in red, while the benches have KNIGHTS, also in red. The reserved seat section is quite a bit smaller than the benches.

Final Thoughts

There just isn't a lot happening for visitors in Hackensack, New Jersey, or on the Fairleigh Dickinson campus. However, the school is just over 15 miles from New York City, which is always a worthy day trip or long weekend if you need a little extra something to get you to the area. Likewise, as long as you're game for a long bus ride, heading out to see the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights play a game would be a worthy side trip added to a visit to Manhattan as well.

Every D1 gym.

Cheers, guys.

by definedancing | Apr 04, 2014 07:01 AM

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Crowd Reviews

A Fair Gym

Total Score: 2.57

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

If you’re looking for a throwback college basketball experience, taking in a Fairleigh Dickinson Knights game at Stratis Arena may be just your cup of tea. Though the gym lacks the bells and whistles of many other multi-million dollar NCAA facilities, there is something charmingly authentic about the arena that seems to say “I’m just here to watch basketball.”

The arena, which is part of the Rothman Center, a multipurpose facility, was named for alumnus and benefactor Mark Kay Stratis in 2007. The Rothman Center also houses athletic facilities for other Fairleigh Dickinson sports teams, a lounge, and training areas.

Unmemorable

Total Score: 1.43

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 1
  • Extras: 0

The Rothman Center is fine for the conference which Fairleigh Dickinson competes in, but there is very little to get excited about. General admission tickets are $10, which seems a bit steep, but at least children are free. Prices on concessions also seemed to be high. Security is also high here for some reason as all fans have to go through a metal detector - very odd for such a small arena. The atmosphere is very ho-hum as not many students come out. In addition, while the arena is easy enough to find, you will most likely need to fight the bad traffic in the area to get there. Overall, not a place I would recommend you go out of your way to see.

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