When fans think about indoor sports venues in the tri-state area, places like Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, Barclays Center, and Prudential Center certainly come to mind. The Westchester County Center in White Plains may not be brought up by many fans, especially if you don’t live in the Westchester area, but it is a venue that is rich in history for sports and many other events.
And it will be the home for the New York Streets during their inaugural National Arena League season in 2019.
Built at a cost of $785,000, the County Center opened in May of 1930 with a grand opening musical gala. In 1988, a $16 million renovation project was completed that made the building a modern and state-of-the-art arena. Over the years, the County Center has hosted concerts by many great performers like The Who, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Liza Minnelli, Kenny Rogers and James Brown while also hosting events like the Royal Hanneford Circus.
Today, the building continues to be Westchester’s home for thousands of concerts, trade shows, meetings, seminars, and community events like sports memorabilia and card shows. Sports has also been a big part of the County Center’s history with events like the Harlem Globetrotters, boxing and WWE.
In recent years, the arena has also become the home of area sports teams like the the NBA G League’s Westchester Knicks and the WNBA’s New York Liberty. The Streets will now call the County Center home and they’ll enjoy an intimate and loud home field advantage.
“At my prior experience with the other two teams, that’s basically what we did,” said Streets Head Coach Rick Marsilio. “We started in an environment very similar to the Westchester (County) Center. I’m excited about it.”
The Streets’ 50 yard field will be laid down right on the arena floor and fans will get to experience the sights and sounds of Arena Football from seats on the field level or the upper level that will be so close to the field you could taste it and feel it.
In other words, with an intimate seating capacity of 3,000 spectators, each and every fan in the building will be an integral part of the game.
“I think our whole front office and the coaching staff is excited because that place is going to be packed and (the fans) are sitting right on top of you,” said Marsilio. “It’s going to be very fan engaging. It’s our home field advantage.”
The historic Westchester County Center has been the home to many memorable events for almost ninety years and now the New York Streets are ready to make their own history at the arena. With a limited seating capacity, the building is going to be loud and will be very intimidating for opposing teams.
Arena Football fans won’t want to get shut out of all the action of New York Streets Arena Football at the Westchester County Center. Season tickets are now on sale and for more information you can click on the “Season Tickets” banner here at www.nystreetsfootball.com or by calling 1-833-697-8733.
Starting in April, all Streets lead to White Plains and the Westchester County Center!