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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Houston Field House
Troy, NY

Tickets

  • Tickets generally cost $12 for adults and $9 for children, and are available online or by calling the Houston Field House box office at (518) 276-6262. Four games - Union, COrnell, Yale and Clarkson - have premium pricing which means the tickets cost $15 for adults and $11 for children. There is no standing room at Houston Field House.
  • The visitors' sections are sections 19, 20 and 21 in the diagram. The RPI students' sections are 15, 16, 22 and 33 (lots of enthusiastic cheering here, but not always G-rated) and the "townies" with season tickets sit in sections 7 and 8. Note that sections 10, 11, 12 and 13 face the stage rather than the ice and have a limited view. These sections are normally only used for sellout events. Houston Field House seats over 4800 and rarely sells out, but the best sections tend to fill up and you may have trouble changing seats in those sections.

Directions

  • GPS address: 1900 Peoples Avenue, Troy, NY.
  • From the north: Take I-87 (the Northway) to exit 7, which is NY-7. Follow NY-7 across the Hudson River to Troy. This will bring you onto Hoosick Street. *Continue up Hoosick Street through five traffic lights till you come to Burdett Avenue. Take a right on Burdett and proceed three blocks to the intersection with Peoples Avenue. Take a left up the hill - Houston Field House will be immediately ahead of you. Parking is on your right or beyond the field house on your left.
  • From the west: Take I-90 (the New York State Thruway) to exit 24. Take I-87 (the Northway) north to exit 7, which is NY-7. Follow NY-7 across the Hudson River to Troy. This will bring you onto Hoosick Street. Continue from * above.
  • From the south: Take I-87 (the New York State Thruway) to exit 23 and follow signs for I-787. Take I-787 north to exit 9 which is NY-7 east. This will bring you onto Hoosick Street. Continue from * above.
  • From the east: Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike until it becomes the New York State Thruway. Take exit B-1 of the Thruway. By doing this, you will continue to be on I-90 west. Follow I-90 till it intersects with I-787 just after crossing the Hudson River. Take I-787 north to exit 9 which is NY-7 east. This will bring you onto Hoosick Street. Continue from * above.

Arena

  • Campus map: Houston Field House is number 52 in yellow, on the right side of the map.
  • Parking: The field house has three large parking lots with a parking charge of $3. The streets immediately around the arena are fire lanes, but if you can handle a block or so walk up a steep hill, there is ample street parking on and just off of Peoples Avenue.
  • Seating: Houston Field House seats 4,800 and is, in our totally unbiased opinion, the most comfortable arena in the ECAC for spectators. The seats are individual fold-up style with armrests. The only drawback is that the walkway is between the seats and the rink, so if you're seated in the first few rows, your view will be impeded by the constant traffic of latecomers and people enroute to restrooms and snack bars. The temperature varies significantly from the highest seats (where it is quite warm) to the seats nearest the ice (where a jacket or sweatshirt is probably necessary).
  • Food: The main concession stand is to the right of the main entrance and sells hot dogs, pizza, curly fries and snacks. There is a smaller concession stand also in this area that is open only occasionally and sells only cookies and candy. There is also a concession to the left of the main entrance selling Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Hotels

  • See http://admissions.rpi.edu/undergraduate/visit/lodging.html.
  • The Hilton Garden Inn is the closest hotel to campus and could be considered within walking distance of Houston Field House if you're in good shape. This hotel fills up on occasions like Family Weekend and the Big Red Freakout.
  • The next-closest hotels are those in Latham, about a 15-minute drive from Houston Field House. Those listed on Wolf Road in Colonie are slightly farther, a 20-25 minute drive.

Restaurants

  • See https://www.zomato.com/albany-ny/troy-restaurants. You can also search for restaurants in nearby cities at this website.
  • Troy has a variety of good restaurants, but very few chains. The closest restaurant to the Field House is the Notty Pine Tavern on 15th Street, with good pizza and a limited menu of sandwiches and Italian food.
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que , about a mile straight down the hill from Houston FIeld House, is extremely popular and develops long waits on Saturday night in particular.
  • Brown's Brewing Company , just down the block from Dinosaur, is also very popular and known for its great microbrews. The Brown's Brown Ale is classic, but we're also fond of the Oatmeal Stout and the Cherry Razz.
  • The Ruck has upgraded its reputation lately from just a college hangout to an insider's place to be, with great pub food and friendly service, although it still has a "hole-in-the-wall" feel to it.
  • Testo's in North Troy is our favorite restaurant for Italian food (which basically means our favorite restaurant period). It's about a 15 minute drive from Houston Field House and gets our vote for the best spaghetti sauce anywhere..
  • There are a few chain restaurants in Latham, just across the river from Troy, including Applebees, Uno, Carrabba's, Ruby Tuesday and Red Robin. There are a great many more restaurants on Wolf Road in Colonie, including Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's, Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse and more major chains.

Other things to do

  • Other sporting events at RPI
  • Other events at RPI
  • Shopping: Crossgates Mall and Colonie Center are the two biggest malls in the Capital District area. Colonie Center has the area's only Nordstrom Rack, L.L.Bean and Whole Foods, and is located on Wolf Road in Colonie, a busy area with many more restaurants and stores.
  • Movies: Regal Cinemas has 18 screens including IMAX at Crossgates Mall and another 13 including RPX at Colonie Center.
  • Hockey: The Albany Devils of the AHL play at the Times Union Center in Albany.
  • Other: For information on other things to do in the Capital District area, check out http://www.albany.org.