Yes, you read that headline correctly. St. John’s is currently in advanced talks to play against the Duke Blue Devils inside the famed Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the 2024-25 season, according to Rick Pitino in a report by Jon Rothstein. The Red Storm are also in talks with Alabama to play at Madison Square Garden as part of a two-year home-and-home series starting next season, with St. John’s playing a road game in Birmingham, Alabama in the 2025-26 season.
“We’ll probably have a non-conference schedule that’s the best in St. John’s history,” Pitino told Rothstein, “It takes a year to build a schedule like that.”
The two potential contests would be a part of a heavyweight non-conference schedule St. John’s is putting together. They are already slated to play in a loaded Baha Mar Hoops Classic four-team tournament in the Bamahas that will also feature Tennessee, Baylor, and a recent national champion to-be-announced. A non-conference home game against Texas Tech was also pushed back from this season and it is unclear when that game will be played.
This contest would be the second organized basketball game to be played inside the world-famous tennis venue and the first under its 2016-constructed retractable roof. In 2008, the Indiana Fever defeated the New York Liberty in a WNBA charity exhibition contest for breast cancer research.