Alumni Hall (Fairfield University)

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Coordinates: 41°09′35″N 73°15′24″W / 41.159854°N 73.256646°W / 41.159854; -73.256646

Alumni Hall
LocationFairfield University
Fairfield, Connecticut
OwnerFairfield University
Capacity2,479
Construction
Broke ground1958
Opened1959
Tenants
Fairfield Stags (1959–present)
Fairfield Prep Jesuits (1959–present)

Alumni Hall is a 2,479-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of Fairfield University, located in Fairfield, Connecticut. It was home to the Fairfield Stags men's and women's basketball teams from its construction in 1959 until 2002, when the teams began playing home games at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Sports Illustrated reported that Alumni Hall was home to the most vocal and loyal basketball fans in the Northeast.[1][unreliable source?]

Alumni Hall is now home to the Fairfield Stags women's volleyball team and the Fairfield Prep Jesuits basketball teams, but it hosted two Stags men's and women's basketball games during the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons.[clarification needed]

History[edit]

The Hall, which opened on December 5, 1959, is one of the earliest prestressed concrete structures.[citation needed] Engineering magazines from the time noted that the eleven 160-foot pre-cast arches created a record-breaking span for structures in the United States.[2]

Besides being an athletic venue, Alumni Hall has hosted many political and musical events and annually hosts the Fairfield University Baccalaureate Mass and the Fairfield Prep Commencement Ceremony. During the 1988 United States presidential election, Vice President George H.W. Bush visited Fairfield University days before being elected president. The Fairfield University Students Association hosts semi-annual concerts in the hall, and notable performers have included the Beach Boys in 1967, The Byrds in 1973, Ludacris in Spring 2008, and John Legend in December 2008.

On November 6, 2015, Fairfield Univsersity named Alumni Hall's court[clarification needed] in honor of legendary basketball coach and the University's former director of athletics George Bisacca.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fairfield University Athletics". Fairfieldstags.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  2. ^ "The Rapid Growth of Fairfield University". Faculty.fairfield.edu. Retrieved 2010-09-07.