Thursday, May 14, 2009

SEFCU and University of Albany Unveil Outdoor Wall Sign & Electronic Message Center For SEFCU Arena - UAlbany Sports 2009

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Albany, N.Y. – SEFCU, the largest credit union in the Capital Region, and the University at Albany unveiled on Wednesday, May 13 an outdoor wall sign with an electronic message center. The sign, located on the west side of SEFCU Arena, is visible from University Drive on campus. On hand for the sign’s display were UAlbany Interim President George M. Philip, SEFCU President Michael J. Castellana and UAlbany Director of Athletics Lee McElroy.

SEFCU Arena is the home for UAlbany’s men’s and women’s basketball programs and has seating for capacity crowds of 4,538. The facility hosted the 2009 America East Conference Men’s Basketball Championship and becomes the home of the New York Buzz, the current Advanta World Team Tennis (WTT) champion, this summer.

“It is a terrific opportunity for the university and its partnership with SEFCU to have this fabulous sign that will advertise all of the activities, whether it’s the home of the Buzz, the New York Giants or most importantly our world class Division I athletics,” Interim President Philip said.

The SEFCU Arena sign, designed by Daktronics, has dimensions of 12-feet, 4 1/2-inches by 18-feet, 6 inches. The electronic message center features a three-line display.

“The University at Albany is one of the best kept secrets in the Capital Region,” Castellana offered. “We have had a number of events here for the community and we will continue to do that. Our membership has been very supportive of this relationship; I do believe we are just getting started.”

In November 2006, SEFCU and UAlbany entered into a 10-year agreement that renamed the school’s basketball facility and provided for promotional opportunities. That relationship continues to be a successful public-private partnership.

Added McElroy, “Today’s unveiling allows SEFCU and UAlbany to enhance its partnership, increases interest between both institutions and organzations, and makes the community better.”

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