Home of the Red Storm basketball team, Carnesecca Arena opened its doors on December 4, 1961. St. John's won the inaugural game at Carnesecca Arena, defeating George Washington University, 79-65. St. John's has compiled a record of 374-62 for a wining percentage of .858 entering the 2003-04 season. The team had a 27-game winning streak, the second longest in Carnesecca Arena history, ending in 2001. The Red Storm will play five games in its campus home this year.
Since its opening over 42 years ago, the building has had its lighting and sound system replaced, and a new scoreboard and floor have been installed. In addition to being the home court for both the men and women's basketball teams, Carnesecca Arena also serves as home for the women's volleyball team-in its tenth season competing in the BIG EAST Conference.
Carnesecca Arena features an Olympic sized swimming pool, two racquetball courts, an auxiliary gym, a weight and cardiovascular room, and office space for all coaches and athletic administrators.
With a seating capacity of 6,008, Carnesecca Arena ranks as the fourth largest indoor arena in the Metropolitan area behind the Meadowlands, Madison Square Garden, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In 1961 (the year the facility was completed), the building rated second only to Madison Square Garden.