In the summer of 1996 a unique public/private venture was formed. The objective: construct a baseball stadium and ice arena, which would benefit both Montclair State University and the surrounding communities. The answer: a partnership utilizing university property, with funding of all construction costs by Floyd Hall Enterprises. Upon completion, FHE founder and chairman Floyd Hall donated both facilities to the university and FHE was granted a long-term lease to operate both the stadium and the arena.
“My motivation in building both the arena and Yogi Berra Stadium was to provide
first class facilities for the university; but primarily, I wanted to create
wholesome activities for the children and their families,” says Floyd Hall.
“Everything we do is geared towards low-cost family-oriented entertainment."
The ice skating arena opened in March of 1998 with two NHL size rinks, an off-ice training area, meeting rooms, concession stand, pro shop, and facilities for birthday parties. Floyd Hall Arena now attracts over 500,000 visits per year and has become the home to many groups including the Montclair Hockey Club, The North Jersey Figure Skating Club, the Clifton HS Mustangs and Nutley and Passaic Valley High School Hockey Teams.
Open 18 hours per day and 362 days per year, Floyd Hall Arena offers public skating sessions as well as a variety of skating and hockey instructional programs for the local communities. Former New Jersey Devils defenseman Randy Velischek serves as an instructor at the arena and current Devils star Martin Brodeur and has enrolled his children in programs at Floyd Hall Arena. Thirteen NHL teams have practiced at the arena, as well.
Yogi Berra Stadium opened in June of 1998 and serves as the home to the New Jersey Jackals professional baseball team in the Can-Am League and to the Montclair State University Red Hawks. The stadium, which is flanked by the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on its first-base side, has quickly earned the reputation as the home of champions as the Jackals have won three championship titles in six years and the Red Hawks won the Division III NCAA Championship title in 2000.
In addition, Yogi Berra Stadium hosted the 2000 Northern League All-Star Game as well as several local, college, and high school baseball tournaments. This year’s schedule included the National High School All American Baseball Game that was nationally televised.
"The building of these two facilities has been my way of giving back to our community,"
concludes Hall, who has lived in Montclair for seventeen years. "I'm just glad
that they bring so much pleasure and convenience to the kids and their