multi-purpose facility, the Thomas M. Ryan Center, located on the University of
Rhode Island campus in scenic South County, opened its doors in June 2002. Home
to URI Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs, the Ryan Center also features the
URI football teams' locker room, along with athletic department offices,
training rooms, players' lounges and a souvenir store. The venue seats 7,800
for basketball, and over 5,500 for concerts, family shows, lectures and other
community events.The Ryan Center was
designed and built to meet all ADA specifications to accommodate our guests
with disabilities. Located in Kingston, the Center draws on an audience of over
1.4 million people within a 40-mile radius.
The Ryan Center boasts
three tiers of seating in the arena to bring all 7,800 seats within 74-feet of
the court, creating a frenzied atmosphere. Every seat in the Ryan Center has a
chair-back, including our 1,120 club seats and features seven luxury suites
that overlook both the Meade Stadium football field and the Alex and Ani
basketball court at the Ryan Center. The luxury seats are exclusive and are
each fully furnished, offering VIP treatment for up to twenty people.
Rhode Island lighthouses were the inspiration for the design of the three
towers, marking the North and South entrances of the Ryan Center. Standing 86
feet high and located on the University of Rhode Island campus in scenic South
County, the 200,000 sq. ft. building is home of the University of Rhode Island
Men’s, Women’s Basketball Programs and University of Rhode Island Football
The women's basketball
team won the first-ever regular season game in the Ryan Center, 53-39 over Kent
State on Nov. 22, 2002, and four days later the men made their official debut
in the building with a 73-71 overtime upset over the University of Southern
Ever since, the Ryan
Center has been rocking with the men's team drawing a standing room only crowd
of 8,121 against No. 3-ranked Pittsburgh in 2002. The women's team set its
attendance record against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 16, with 3,402 fans.
The men's basketball program at URI has won
close to 70 percent of its home games since the 2002-03 season. The Rams
victory on Nov. 25, 2011 over Hofstra was the 100th on the Ryan Center floor.
Rhode Island has won 11 or more games five times since 2005-including a
program-record 15 in 2009-10.
The main concourse of the Ryan Center provides an extraordinary view of Meade
Stadium and the suite level features a private venue for prime viewing of all
Ryan Center Events. The beautifully outfitted Alumni Room lounge is
available as a function room for parties for up to 125 when events are not
occupying the arena and is open to Priority Seat Holders with food and beverage
service during basketball games. The Alumni Room is also home to the URI Hall
of Fame. The luxury suites are exclusive and fully furnished, offering VIP
treatment for up to twenty people.
The arena can also be
subdivided to provide a half-house venue for smaller functions. The event floor
seating retracts to provide space suitable for family shows or trade
conferences. A portable stage is available for concerts and performance events
and the event floor itself can seat up to 500 for a banquet.
Amenities include two
brand new full-color LED video boards and a full arena ribbon wrap that offers
complete full motion video capabilities. The state-of-the-art house sound
system, designed with acoustic provisions, provides a full range of high power
sound to all seats in the venue, including the concourse and Alumni Room making
it suitable for any event. In addition, 42 LCD High Definition televisions are
also installed throughout the facility to provide a live stream during events.
Featured in all lobbies, concourse levels, suites, meeting rooms and artists’
dressing rooms the televisions create a constant connection between patrons and
the action on the arena floor.
The Ryan Center is owned by the University of Rhode Island and managed by
Spectra Venue Management, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly facility
management field, with more than 120 facilities around the world.