The Villanova University Board of Trustees has formally approved a comprehensive renovation plan for the 31-year-old Pavilion basketball arena on Villanova’s campus.
The significant $60 million renovation, which will be funded entirely by donor support, will transform the existing Pavilion—creating a high-quality, game-day experience for Villanova students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans.
The renovation of the Pavilion is scheduled to begin in June 2017. The arena will officially be named the Finneran Pavilion when it is reopened.
While the Board of Trustees approval is a major step in the realisation of the project, there are still several elements yet to be finalised, including season ticketing options, the final design and the full schedule for the 2017-18 season.
Although the full schedule has yet to be confirmed, the majority of men’s home games will be played in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center and the women’s home games will be held on campus in the Jake Nevin Field House.
Villanova Athletics has brought on industry leaders to assist with the renovation planning, including the architecture firm, EwingCole, which has worked on projects for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants.
Legends, a holistic planning, sales and hospitality provider in sports and entertainment that has worked with the University of Notre Dame and the University of Oklahoma will also be part of the project team.
Villanova Athletics has created a dedicated website—www.FinneranPavilion.com—for the project.
Director of Athletics, Mark Jackson, said:
The Pavilion renovation is critical for ensuring the future success of Villanova Athletics and the Board’s approval is a significant milestone in the process. The new Finneran Pavilion will provide an even stronger home-court advantage, enhance our ability to recruit and train the nation’s best and brightest student-athletes, support all of our programs and student-athletes, and provide a first-class, game-day atmosphere for the best fans in college sports. This is truly a community effort, which will benefit generations of Villanova fans.