Stuart C. Siegel CenterEdit profile
Stuart C. Siegel Center is a 190,000-square-foot (18,000 m 2) multi-purpose facility on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. The facility cost $30.1 million to construct, and consists of a 7,500 seat (expandable to 8,000) " arena" (the Verizon Wireless Arena). The "arena" also served as a student recreational area until the new Cary Street Gym complex was built. It now is used purely for VCU athletics and includes a weight room, auxiliary basketball court, an aerobic studio, and a cafè. The Verizon Wireless Arena (formerly The Alltel Pavilion) hosts Division I level NCAA inter-collegiate athletics and serves as a general-purpose assembly space for special events such as graduations, concerts, receptions, and a variety of competitions (both athletic and non athletic). The "arena" opened in 1999. It is home to the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams basketball team who enjoy one of the nation's best home court winning percentages since moving into the facility and has received the reputation as arguably the toughest place to play in the CAA. The VCU Rams men's basketball team holds the 11th highest Home Court winning percentage in Division I basketball with a winning percentage of .8462 The "arena" has also hosted local and state high school basketball tournaments. It is also host to the annual Virginia Regional (formerly VCU/ NASA) for the FIRST robotics competition.