Capital/Facilities

 Capital/Facilities

 

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Through Villanova University’s historic campaign, For the Greater Great®: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change, Villanova Athletics is committed to building a competitive learning environment for our student-athletes. At the core of this commitment are our athletic facilities. In order to compete at the highest levels of Division I competition and to offer the best possible student-athlete experience, Villanova athletic facilities must be first-class. Enhanced facilities mean an enhanced reputation for the University and the ability of students to pursue the greater great throughout their lives.

Here's a look at some of our athletic facilities projects. 

Pavilion

Pavilion

After 28 triumphant years, it’s time for a major transformation to The Pavilion. From scoreboards to seats, foundations to concessions, technological and architectural developments have greatly improved arena design. Villanova now has the opportunity to redesign its signature athletic facility, creating a landmark in the region and in the BIG EAST Conference.

A redesigned arena will offer better fan experiences, more conveniences and new corporate sponsorship opportunities. Modernized audio-visual equipment will allow everyone in attendance to see and hear every moment. And a new layout will give them all a place to cheer, from the spirited student sections to first-class suites. 

Villanova Stadium West End Zone Project

Villanova Stadium West End Zone Project

Villanova Stadium West End Zone Project will add on to the Jake Nevin Field House and provide a stunning backdrop for the stadium. This new facility will further develop our student-athletes by supplying a state-of-the-art athletic training center within one centralized location. A Hall of Fame room, meeting rooms, 100-seat theater for team meetings and film sessions, athletic training room, varsity weight room, academic support meeting space, locker rooms, equipment room and a reception area for advancement events which includes balconies overlooking the Villanova Stadium playing field will all be housed here. For our championship football program, it will become their home. The football office suite and positional meeting rooms along with the rest of the amenities will make this the premier operations facility at the Football Championship Subdivision level.

A facility of this magnitude will provide a recruiting advantage over our peers to all 24 varsity programs.

West Campus Soccer Complex

West Campus Soccer Complex

The renovation of the West Campus Soccer Complex is scheduled to be completed in August 2014. This $3 million project has been made possible through the leadership and generosity of several individuals with the single largest gift being contributed by Pat Higgins ’79 and his wife, Julie Bigelli ’80. The natural grass will be replaced with two FIFA approved artificial turf playing surfaces. The renovated complex will feature one game field and one practice field. This renovation will not only have a significant impact on our men’s and women’s soccer programs, but also improve field availability year round for other varsity programs, as well as intramurals, club sport and other events like Special Olympics.

Boathouse

Boathouse

For the first time in its 50-year existence, Villanova Rowing will have a place to call home! Located in nearby Conshocken, Pa., the new boathouse will provide the program with locker rooms, boat storage and fitness areas with access to one of the best rowing areas on the Schuylkill River. A new boathouse will aid Villanova Rowing in becoming a premier program in the Northeast region. 

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Vince Nicastro, Director of Athletics

Q&A with Director of Athletics, Vince Nicastro

How will the fan and donor experience be enhanced at a new Pavilion?

The fan experience will be a critical priority for The Pavilion design team. We are focused on providing our fans with the amenities we have all come to expect when attending games in modern arenas – comfortable seating and sightlines, first class audio-visual and technology, a retail store, improved food and beverage concessions, historical displays, traffic flow and restrooms, to name a few. These amenities, combined with the existing passionate fan base we are fortunate to have, will result in one of the absolute best home venues in the nation.

How important is the Villanova Stadium West End Zone project to the development and performance of our student-athletes and athletic programs?

The West End Zone project in Villanova Stadium will have a direct and positive impact on every one of our 550 student-athletes. This $16 million facility that will enclose the west end zone, will feature all new football facilities (team spaces, coaching offices, meeting rooms), as well as a brand new sports medicine area, a strength and conditioning center, equipment room, team locker rooms, academic support space, as well as reception and banquet areas overlooking the stadium. This project will also vastly improve the aesthetic connection between the stadium, Jake Nevin Field House, and The Pavilion, making the athletics “precinct” much more cohesive.

How integral will our loyal Villanova supporters be in bringing these projects to fruition?

The support of the entire Nova Nation has been, and will continue to be, crucial to the success of these (and other) projects. Our primary funding sources for these projects will come from private gift support. We’ve had great success utilizing this model in the past (Davis Center, soccer project, et al.) and are extremely grateful that our alumni and supporters are so generous in their support of our vision.    

Contact Us

Jeremy Wang

Jeremy Wang
Director, Villanova Athletic Fund

jeremy.wang@villanova.edu
610-519-4566