History

The University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena is the home of the Virginia Cavaliers men’s and women’s basketball teams. The $131 million arenas opened in 2006 and seats 14,858. The facility is named after the father of Paul Tudor Jones, who donated $35 million towards the stadium’s construction.

Having opened a little over ten years ago, John Paul Jones Arena is yet to undergo any significant renovations.

The first event to ever take place at John Paul Jones Arena was a Cavaliers women’s basketball game against Old Dominion on November 12, 2006. Immediately following the women’s game, the men’s team defeated #10 Arizona 93-90 in front of a crowd of 15,219. Since opening, John Paul Jones has garnered lots of praise for being one of the best home-court advantages in the nation thanks to the Cavaliers knocking off a slew of top 10 ranked teams over the years, including an upset over #3 ranked Duke on February 28, 2013. In addition to basketball, John Paul Jones Arena has been the site of many concerts featuring acts such as Jay-Z and Metallica.

Historic Events