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900 Fulton Ave
Hempstead, NY 11549
The Pride Volleyball team calls the David S. Mack Physical Education Center its home. Built in 1970, the David S. Mack Physical Education Center has established itself as a showcase for volleyball in the metropolitan area. The 800-seat arena hosted Hofstra's NCAA Tournament first round match in 1995 and has hosted regional and national United States Volleyball Association events, including the 1983 exhibition between the United States Olympic team and the Japanese Olympic team. Hofstra's David S. Mack Physical Education Center also served as the 1987 home of the New York Liberties of Major League Volleyball and as the training site for the 1989 United States Maccabiah teams. It also is the home to various high school championships.
The arena was refurbished in 1978 with a new ticket lobby and refreshment area. Access roads and ample parking are located around the building. In 1991 new scoreboards with a message center were added to the David S. Mack Physical Education Center, replacing the four-sided scoreboard that had served Long Island sports fans at the old Island Garden in Hempstead and at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, adjacent to the University. The David S. Mack Physical Education Center is also outfitted with multiple Senoh Systems, the finest volleyball apparatus available.
The David S. Mack Physical Education Center was resurfaced for the second time in 1995 with a wooden Thrust-A-Pad floor, which covers the entire 40,000-square-foot building and gives Hofstra the second largest indoor wooden facility on the East Coast. The floor has been placed over the old synthetic surface and adds greater flexibility, thereby decreasing the chance of leg injuries.
After the Mack Sports Complex was constructed, the David S. Mack Physical Education Center became a volleyball-only venue and received a new scoreboard that features space for in-match statistics to be displayed. The David S. Mack Physical Education Center was also decorated with banners commemorating Hofstra's NCAA Tournament appearances and conference championships. This past offseason the main court at the David S. Mack Physical Education Center was completely redone, including new logos painted on the floor.
The David S. Mack Physical Education Center has been home to five professional teams in its existence: The New York Nets (American Basketball Association), the New York Knicks Summer League team (National Basketball Association), the Long Island Knights and Surf (United States Basketball League) and the New York Liberties (Major League Volleyball). In addition, the Physical Education Building has hosted concerts, banquets, trade shows, conferences, commencement exercises and scholastic sporting events for the Long Island community.