John Paul Jones Arena
John Paul Jones Arena, which opened in the summer of 2006, was designed and built to benefit the Virginia basketball programs, the entire athletics department, the University and all of Central Virginia. The arena provides a beautiful and functional home for men’s and women’s basketball, benefits all of the department’s student-athletes with its dining hall and academic center, and gives residents of Central Virginia a venue to watch collegiate basketball at its highest level as well as a variety of other entertainment options.
From a basketball perspective, the men’s and women’s programs each have one and a half practice courts available at all times for team and individual work. The arena seats 14,593 for basketball and features coaches’ office complexes, locker rooms, a training room, a strength and conditioning area and an equipment room.
John Paul Jones Arena is designed to provide a wonderful experience for individuals attending a variety of events as well as for the student-athletes who use the facility on a daily basis. Basketball fans benefit from a state-of-the-art audio-visual system, a spacious lobby with two large video displays, a center-hung scoreboard with four video screens updated in 2017, conveniently located concession stands and a Team Shop. The Arena also updated its lighting system in 2019.
The arena is visually attractive on the inside with a classic architectural look outside that fits comfortably into the University Grounds.
Other athletics department offices located in the John Paul Jones Arena are academic affairs, athletics media relations and video services.
John Paul Jones Arena (Massie Road, Charlottesville, Va.)
From the East/West: Take I-64 to exit 118B (Culpeper-Charlottesville). Take third exit (Leonard Sandridge Road). Continue straight and after the second signal (Copeley Road), the John Paul Jones Arena will be on your left.
From the North: Take Route 29 south into Charlottesville (Emmet Street). Continue on 29 South Business (Emmet Street) past the exit for the 29/250 bypass. Turn right on Massie Road and the John Paul Jones Arena will be on the right.
From the South: Take Route 29 to the Leonard Sandridge Road exit. Continue straight and after the second signal (Copeley Road), the John Paul Jones Arena will be on your left.