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."

Bob Carpenter Center
The Bob after a 2012 Delaware Game 2013-04-08 17-14.jpg
Address631 South College Avenue
LocationNewark, Delaware
Coordinates39°39′38.0″N 75°44′55.1″W / 39.660556°N 75.748639°W / 39.660556; -75.748639Coordinates: 39°39′38.0″N 75°44′55.1″W / 39.660556°N 75.748639°W / 39.660556; -75.748639
Public transitBus transport DART First State bus: 16, 33, 46, 302
OwnerUniversity of Delaware
ArchitectHOK Sport
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (NCAA)
Men's basketball (1992–present)
Women's basketball (1992–present)
Delaware 87ers (NBA G League) (2013–2018)

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.[1]

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 from 2013 to 2018, the Delaware 87ers (now the Delaware Blue Coats) of the NBA G League. It also hosted a preseason game for the Philadelphia 76ers vs. the Boston Celtics.[2] Since 2014, it has hosted one annual WNBA preseason game, except in 2017. Each of the WNBA games has featured UD product Elena Delle Donne, who was with the Chicago Sky from 2013 to 2016 and has been with the Washington Mystics since 2017.

It hosted a campaign rally for Vice President Al Gore in 1996 and all or part of the 1997-2001 America East Conference men's basketball tournaments.

It also hosts other events, such as the WWE, music and comedy concerts, and craft fairs.

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  1. ^ "University of Delaware Athletic Fund - CAPITAL PROJECTS / FACILITIES". University of Delaware. Archived from the original on 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  2. ^ "2013-14 Sixers Schedule". NBA. Retrieved 2013-09-23.

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