There is no football stadium to go to when attending Seton Hall University but there is a basketball arena where one can enjoy spending hard earned cash on Seton Hall Pirates tickets.
The arena where the Pirates play basketball is the Prudential Center, a mutli- purpose arena opened in 2007. The venue is not only a home for the Pirates but its tenants also include NHL New Jersey Devils and for three seasons the arena was in use by New Jersey Nets.
The arena’s design of red and grey exterior is inspired by Newark’s heritage of bricklaying and railroad while also including the Devils team colours which are red and black.
For basketball game nights there are over 18500 seats available so there’s plenty of choice available.
Seton Hall University had football program on offer for two periods of the school history. Firstly from 1883 until 1932 and lastly from 1973 to 1982. The second time the school had football program it was located in Division III. The sport was eventually discontinued at the university due to lack of adequate facilities, past losing seasons and general lack of support and drop in popularity for the sport.
There is football at Setton though. The sport is maintained in younger years as the Seton Hall Preparatory School which has the football program for boys in grades 9-12.
Seton Hall Pirates basketball program was established in 1903 for one year and then the sport returned for good in 1908. The Pirates are members of Big East Conference, NCAA Division I.
The Pirate mascot was adopted by the school in 1931 and the colours of the school are blue and white. The main rivals that the Pirates play regularly are St. John’s Red Storm and Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
The program gained national prominence in mid thirties and forties when during an 18 years span the Pirates had a record of 295-129 including an undefeated season 1939-40 with 19-0 record that was part of 41 unbeaten games by the school.
The Pirates went to NCAA tournament 10 times starting in 1988; their biggest achievement was to be the tournament runner up in 1989. They also reached the Elite Eight in 1991.
Seton Hall’s last tournament game was in 2016 where they didn’t get through the initial round.
The school won three conference tournament championships and have two conference regular season titles to their name.
There are Hall of Famers and NBA champions hailing from Seton Hall, namely Bob Davies and Bobby Wanzer both of whom had played for Rochester Royals and won NBA title with the team in 1951.
Davies started in ABL in 1943 and joined the Rochester Royals in 1945. He won NBA title with them, he was named to four NBA All- Star games and was NBA assist leader in 1949.
Wanzer who formed with Davies one of the best backcourt duos was drafted by the Royals and spent all his career playing for them. He was part of the NBA championship team, he was chosen to five NBA All- Star games and three times he was selected to All- NBA Second Team.
There might not be a football program on offer at Seton Hall but basketball has provided the school and its students with some moments of glory and few great athletes who settled well in the big leagues.