By Sang Geun Yoon
LIU Post students can now grab a bite to eat while watching sports in the newly remodeled Pioneer Room in Hillwood. The Pioneer room was remodeled into a sports bar with nine flat-screen TVs.
The grand opening of the End Zone was on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 and was sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). Many students attended the party to watch the game and enjoy free food and drinks.
Tamir Dayya, Special Projects coordinator, was busy a week before the currently unnamed sports bar’s grand opening. Dayya, a university employee, oversees all of the student run businesses. “We are trying to give students a late night campus option where they can hang out with food and spend time with friends,” Dayya said. There will be a bar-style menu with options such as hamburgers, wings, salads, sandwiches, smoothies and non-alcoholic drinks. LIU Post students can also use their dining dollars on their student ID cards in the bar.
The sports lounge will play live games, including NBA, NFL, and MLB. The bar will be open from Sunday to Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. and from Thursday to Saturday 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“We are looking for more options to give students to enjoy themselves on campus. We are always open to suggestions, and have the students in our best interests,” said Dayya.
“I heard that the Super Bowl party would be in the Pioneer Room, but I didn’t know there would be a sports bar,” said Anthony Vance, a graduate student studying Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Vance was happy about having a sports bar on campus. “I was looking for some place to hang out.” He continued, saying that there are not many things to do on campus after he finishes his graduate classes. “My class ends late at night. I don’t have any place to go eat food. I want to see what it’s going to be like,” he said. “It is a little strange that they don’t have alcohol in a bar but for me, that’s fine. I think it is possible without alcohol,” Vance added.
Daniel Potenzieri, SGA president and a senior Political Science major, also joined the Super Bowl Party. “The good thing about student run business is that 100 percent of profits go back to the students. So 50 percent of the profits will go back to the scholarship fund. The other 50 percent is going to the student run businesses’ start-up fund,” said Potenzieri.
Potenzieri added that when students have ideas for businesses, they can submit a proposal to Dayya for consideration.
Potenzieri believes that the sports bar can benefit students in many ways. He said, “Instead of having to travel to the Broadway Mall in Hicksville, students have nine screens and a good sound system in Hillwood Commons. This place can be used for club programming space, so if a club wants to host the UFC fight, they can have the program [in the bar].”