A gymnasium space to rent?

Washington Ave Armory interior 2017Martin emails:

Our roller hockey league was set to begin next Tuesday night and the facility we've played at for a decade just informed us they refinished the floors. We need a gymnasium in the Capital District ASAP for rent for a once a week roller hockey league. We traditionally played for 10 weeks on Tuesdays, 8:30-10:30. The league is fully insured, we play 4 on 4 with full safety gear, absolutely a responsible group of 10 adults. I'm looking for any contacts I can speak to that would be in position to offer us some space to play and salvage our season. Thanks!

There seem to be a not-small number of these sorts of gym spaces tucked away in buildings around the area. It's just a matter of knowing about them -- and working out access. We're also curious if there's a facility that might not be a gymnasium exactly, but could work for this purpose.

So, got a suggestion for Martin and his league? Please share!


Heres the problem. Roller hockey wheels leave marks and sliding hockey players leave marks and hockey nets can leave marks and sticks certainly leave marks. So, I understand why the facility with the newly refinished floors pulled out. That said, that is a really crappy thing to do!
Try parochial schools or any place with a cafetorium (non wood floor large spaces), indoor tennis facilities (years ago the place that is now Afrims put boards around a court and had roller hockey games), community centers, YMCAs, public schools, unrented large retail spaces, watervliet (2nd ave) and albany (hoffman park) have rec centers with large open spaces, the Armory on New Scotland ave used to hold rugby practices in it.

Try your local public school - for example, Albany schools rent to the Albany Soccer Club's youth league for indoor practice and games during the winter.

Watervliet Dome?

I would call The Sage Colleges and inquire about using space in their Neff Center in Troy. They do not use that gym for basketball, and instead use their Albany gym.

To inquire about any of the numerous rec spaces the city of Albany has to offer, give them a shout: (518) 434-5699, or: recreation@albanyny.gov.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. We've been feverishly calling around for replacement facilities. Indeed, most of the schools we've spoken to are concerned about skates marking up the floors.

Really appreciate the suggestions - keep them coming!

There's a gym in the Salvation Army in Schenectady

Former St. Augustine gym in Lansingburgh area of Troy is vacant and for sale. 4th Ave. Berkshire Hathaway has the listing. I'll bet they'd rent to you. You can see the listing and contact info on LoopNet.

The [Watervliet] Dome is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 13th Street. This is an indoor facility that provides a year round location for recreational activities. This facility is rented out to athletic/community organizations, based on availability, as long as the organization has proof of insurance. A rental fee is not charged if the organization has a percentage of Watervliet residents participating. Call 270-3824 for more information.


Is the Schenectady Armory too far afield? (across from SCCC) http://www.schenectadyarmorycenter.com/

JSC- i had no idea that even existed... i drive by it every day on the 890 off ramp and wondered but didn't know it was an actual space... interesting! thanks!

A follow-up!

Thanks for all the tips, AOA readers! A special big thanks to Doc because we're set to start the season this year at the Neff center - which will do very nicely.


Most places we called, and I called 20 or so, did balk about their floors. Many others were booked solid for CYO. MANY never returned calls or emails, which was really frustrating. But we have a new home and we hope we can stay for many years to come.

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