University Hall (University of Virginia)

University Hall was an 8,457-seat multi-purpose arena on the University of Virginia Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia.[1] The arena opened in 1965 as a replacement for Memorial Gym; it was demolished on May 25, 2019, with Ralph Sampson leading the demolition. Like many arenas built at the time, the arena was circular, with a ribbed concrete roof and blue and orange seats (the orange seats arranged in a "V" near the top of each section) that surrounded the arena. Unlike many other facilities, however, the floor was never lowered for additional seating around the court, which left large areas behind press row, the team benches, and the announcer's table empty during games.

University Hall
Ralph's House
University of Virginia University Hall.jpg
LocationMassie Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22904
OwnerUniversity of Virginia
OperatorUniversity of Virginia
CapacityOfficial: 8,457; Record: 11,174
OpenedNovember 3, 1965
DemolishedMay 25, 2019
Virginia Cavaliers

University Hall was replaced by the John Paul Jones Arena as the home to the men's and women's basketball teams in 2006.

UVa's athletic department held "final game" ceremonies for University Hall in connection with the men's basketball game against the Maryland Terrapins on March 5, 2006, which Maryland won 71–70. UVA legend Ralph Sampson sank ceremonial "last baskets" at U-Hall, dunking twice during postgame festivities. [1]

However, the women's basketball team made the Women's National Invitational Tournament and played and won two WNIT games in University Hall.



University Hall Records
Virginia Opponents
Player Opponent Date Points Player Opponent Date Points
1. Barry Parkhill vs. Baldwin-Wallace December 11, 1971 51 1. Kevin Braswell Georgetown March 15, 2000 40 †
2. Donald Hand vs. N.C. State February 14, 1999 41 2. Tate Armstrong Duke February 11, 1976 38
3. Ralph Sampson vs. Ohio State January 25, 1981 40 Calvin Natt N.E. Louisiana March 7, 1979 38 †
4. Richard Morgan vs. North Carolina January 15, 1989 39 4. Sam Perkins North Carolina January 15, 1983 36
5. Cory Alexander vs. George Mason January 28, 1995 36 5. Mike Pegues Delaware December 27, 1998 35
Virginia Opponents
Player Opponent Date Rebounds Player Opponent Date Rebounds
1. Norm Carmichael vs. Richmond January 3, 1968 22 1. Bill Jews Johns Hopkins January 26, 1972 23
John Gidding vs. George Washington December 7, 1968 22 Tim Duncan Wake Forest February 22, 1997 23
3. Bill Gerry vs. Maryland February 11, 1970 20 3. Mike Lewis Duke December 18, 1965 20
Ralph Sampson vs. Pennsylvania January 16, 1980 20 Antawn Jamison North Carolina January 17, 1996 20
Ralph Sampson vs. Wake Forest February 24, 1982 20 5. Christian Laettner Duke February 8, 1990 19
Travis Watson vs. Wofford January 2, 2003 20
†NIT game


  1. ^ The arena sat on the boundary between the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, which encloses but does not include the city. For more details, see UVa's "Building Category Map", which clearly shows the city-county boundary and University Hall on the boundary, downloadable here.

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Coordinates: 38°2′40.60″N 78°30′32.26″W / 38.0446111°N 78.5089611°W / 38.0446111; -78.5089611