Prudential Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the central business district of Newark, New Jersey. The arena was designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport), with the exterior designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Opened in 2007, it is the home of the National Hockey League's (NHL) New Jersey Devils, the NCAA's Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team. It is also the temporary home of the Women's National Basketball Association's (WNBA) New York Liberty during the "Transformation" of Madison Square Garden and the National Basketball Association's (NBA) New Jersey Nets until the new Barclays Center opens in Brooklyn. The arena seats 17,625 patrons for hockey and 18,711 for basketball. Fans and sports writers have affectionately nicknamed the Prudential Center "The Rock" in reference to the Rock of Gibraltar, the corporate logo of Prudential Financial, a Fortune Global 500 and Fortune 500 financial institution that owns the naming rights to the arena and is headquartered within walking distance.
The arena was built amidst financial concerns and years of speculation that the Devils would relocate, despite the fact that the Devils were playing Championship-caliber hockey and were often at or near the top of the NHL's standings for the better part of two decades. The arena is located two blocks from Newark Penn Station in downtown Newark, just west of Newark's Ironbound district, making it easily accessible via New Jersey Transit, PATH, Newark Light Rail, and Amtrak. At the time of its opening, Prudential Center was the first major league sports venue to be built in the New York metropolitan area since the Brendan Byrne Arena, the Devils' former home, opened in 1981. It is hoped that Prudential Center might play an important role in the revitalization of Newark, and it was announced on February 5, 2010 that Marriott will be opening a 150 room Courtyard Marriott hotel connected to the arena, the first hotel to be opened downtown in 38 years.