Located in Kingston, RI, the Thomas M. Ryan Center is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility which opened its doors in 2002 and hosts family entertainment, concerts, athletic events, trade shows, conventions and other community events.
The Center seats 8,000 for basketball, and over 6,000 for standard concerts, family shows and other events. The facility has 1,120 club seats as well as 7 private luxury suites. The 200,000 sq. ft. building is home to the University of Rhode Island Men’s, Women’s Basketball Programs and the University of Rhode Island Football Program.
The Ryan Center was designed by the inspiration of Rhode Island lighthouses; which can be found marking the North and South entrances. The main concourse of the Ryan Center provides extraordinary views 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 up to 125 when events are not occupying the area 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 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 state is available for concerts and performance events and the event floor itself can seat up to 500 for a banquet.
Amenities include two state-of-the-arts, full-color scoreboards with video capabilities. The 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 brand new LCD High Definition televisions were recently installed for the arena.
There are two parking lots which are available for events – Plains Road Parking Lot and Keaney Parking Lot. The Plains Road Parking Lot is located across the street from the Ryan Center North Entrance and fits 1,600 vehicles. The Keaney Parking Lot is about 300 yards from the Ryan Center’s South Entrance and can hold around 1,000 vehicles. Event Parking is FREE at Ryan Center Events.
Kingston is easily accessible by The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus systems which operates 7 days a week statewide as well as the West Kingston, RI AMTRAK Station (KIN). The Ryan Center is conveniently located on Route 138 off of Interstate 95, and roughly a 30 minute drive from T.F. Green airport.
For more information, visit http://www.theryancenter.com