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, Higgins Soccer Complex, et al.) and are extremely grateful that our alumni and supporters are so generous in their support of our vision.