Bob Carpenter Center is a 5,100-seat multi-purpose arena, in Newark, Delaware, named in honor of benefactor and trustee, R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr. (1915–1990). Students at the University of Delaware have nicknamed it "The Bob."
The arena opened in 1992 and was designed by HOK Sport (now known as Populous), who have been involved in more than 150 sports and recreation projects. The construction of the building cost $20.5 million. In late 2010, the University constructed an addition, which includes two full-size basketball courts, new offices and locker rooms for the basketball and volleyball programs, and a new entrance plaza.
The arena section of the building is named in honor of Frank E. Acierno, a local businessman and developer, who donated $1 million to the Bob Carpenter Center, the largest gift from a single donor.
It is home to the University of Delaware Blue Hens basketball teams (men and women), and since fall of 2013, the Delaware 87ers of the NBA G League. It also hosted a preseason game for the Philadelphia 76ers vs. the Boston Celtics. From 2014 to 2016, it hosted one annual preseason game for the WNBA's Chicago Sky, coinciding with the final three years in which UD product Elena Delle Donne played for the team. Following Delle Donne's trade to the Washington Mystics, it did not host either of that team's 2017 preseason games.
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Bob Carpenter Center Reviews
Great place to see a game. Easy access, good seats, intimidate type environment since arena holds roughly 5,000 people max. more »
We were back again for another cheer related event. A few years ago I wrote a poor review of this facility and I stand by that review. However, things have really changed for the better in the years.... more »
William Penn High school like most high schools in this region host their graduations here. It is an amazing place. Maybe I am old fashion, but nothing beats the William Penn Football field graduations. No with nostalgia out of the way. Being inside and having a great atmosphere and allow more folks to experience the event in comfort is priceless as well. Getting in should have been easier, but it was still faster then being at the high school and more wheelchair accessible as well.
UD cannot get their guest parking procedures under control. I loved seeing the Avett Brothers at the Bob....I hated the confusion of parking. No signs directing which entrance to use. One Entrance was partially blocked, allowing only exiting traffic, but drivers couldn't see that until they were on top of it. the few people standing around in uniform did nothing to assist. Consequently, there was much lane changing, confusion and delays for drivers. go to the new 76's Field House and see how they use signs for events...and then copy it, UD event organizers!
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