John Paul Jones Arena

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Charlottesville, VA, United States

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The name of the new 16,000 seat arena at the University of Virginia has people wondering. Where did that name come from? Is it named after the Revolutionary War Hero? Did the Led Zeppelin Bassist have ties to Charlottesville? Neither.

The new state of the art facility is recognition and a thank you from a son to his father.

Paul Tudor Jones II, a 1976 U. Va. graduate, made an extraordinary $35 million commitment to the University of Virginias newest arena and was granted his naming request to honor his father, John Paul Jones. Mr. Jones has described his father’s life as being dedicated to four things: his faith, his family, the University of Virginia and basketball. Jones senior is a 1948 graduate of the University’s School of Law who currently lives in Memphis. His love of the University has never faded. He continues to participate in alumni functions, including serving three years as president of his alumni chapter and helping prospective U. Va. students through the admission process.

Basketball is a passion he shares with son Paul. Jones the younger was the first alumnus to voice concern that the University needed to replace the aging University Hall. In November 2001, he made a 10-year $20 million pledge that put the Arena project on the fast track. The ground breaking for this state of the art facility was May 30, 2003. The John Paul Jones Arena is the first facility in the country built by a public university almost entirely from private funds.

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295 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States
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1-888-JPJ-TIXS (575-8497)

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Thursday 16 October 2014
John Paul Jones Arena - The Outsiders World Tour
Dwight YoakamConcert
John Paul Jones Arena
Charlottesville, VA, United States
38.049028 -78.512129
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  • TAdams

    Awesome concert. Definitely worth the commute from Blacksburg. The Police sounded awesome and so did Fiction Plane. Can't wait to see them again.

    November 2007
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