Joyce Center Fieldhouse
Joyce Center Fieldhouse
Purpose: Practice, Competition, Pep Rallies, Concerts
Record: Men's Basketball 509-144 (.779) ; Women's Basketball 324-85 (.792) ;Volleyball 270-82 (.767)
Sq ft: 523,683 Gross 320,009 Assigned
Architect: Ellerbe Architects of St. Paul, Minn.
Year Opened: 1968 Athletic and Convocation Center
Rededication: 1987 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce
Year Added: 2009 Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
Cost: $8.6 million
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ADA Information: http://www.und.com/tickets/ada-accessibility.html
Notre Dame's Joyce Center, in its 42nd year of service to the University, serves as a multipurpose sports complex, a theatre and concert hall, a convention center and an office building. Beneath one of the $8.6-million structure's two white domes is the south arena, home to the men's and women's basketball teams and the Irish volleyball team.
The building was renamed in 1987 to honor Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Notre Dame's executive vice president from 1952 until his retirement in 1987. Formerly known as the ACC, the structure is now referred to as the Joyce Center.
Designed by Ellerbe Architects of St. Paul, Minn., the Joyce Center was conceived at the outset as a combination athletic-civic center, and $1.8 million alone was contributed by persons in the Michiana area. The Center's distinctive domes, covered with a white vinyl roofing material stretched over steel ribbing, rise just east of Notre Dame's football stadium. The building is both wider and longer than the famous stadium and wider and longer than the famous stadium and encloses more area than Houston's Astrodome. In all, the structure covers 10 acres of ground. The south arena's design makes it capable of doubling as a basketball court and an 11,000-seat auditorium. Including bleacher seats, the arena holds 11,418 for basketball games.
The north arena is the home of Irish ice hockey and is also a multipurpose sports center. Virtually every sport at Notre Dame - varsity, club or intramural - can play or practice in either the fieldhouse, the arena, the five auxiliary gymnasiums or the several work areas provided throughout the spacious building.
In 1985, the Rolfs Aquatic Center opened on the east side of the Joyce Center. The 4.5-million dollar facility houses a 50-meter Olympic-size pool (25 yards in width) and spectator seating for 400.
In addition to these areas, the Joyce Center also contains the administrative and business side of the increasingly complex collegiate sports operation. The Ticket offices are lodged inside, along with offices for coaches and athletic administrators as well as sports information and media facilities.
These offices and facilities are located in a central complex that joins the two arenas and in general houses the people and machinery common to both. A spacious concourse also is contained in this core area, as is a recently renovated and revamped Monogram Room, surrounded by small meting rooms. On the lower level of the concourse there are several thousand lockers, a faculty exercise room, a golf driving range, squash and handball courts and a central kitchen for catering and concessions.
The Joyce Center has undergone a number of recent renovations beginning in 1994, including repainting and addition of new lighting and sound systems - including theatrical, event and house lighting and audio components 0 a new artificial floor and ne bleachers 0 all for the fieldhouse in the north dome. In addition, all concessions stands in the entire building have been reconfigured.
Upgrades in the Joyce Center over the years have benefitted all varsity programs that call the JACC home. In 1999, a new Sport Court volleyball-only playing surface debuted in the Joyce Center, completing the facility's evolution into one of the top volleyball venues in the country. In 2005, both the men's and women's basketball programs moved into newly-constructed offices located adjacent to Gates 1-2. The women's basketball office holds special significance, as part of the floor in its main reception area consists of the exact same court upon which Notre Dame won the 2001 NCAA championship at the Savvis Center in St. Louis.
The 2008-09 home season will mark the final one for the Irish in the Joyce Center's current configuration. The arena will undergo an extensive renovation during the summer of 2009, including the installation/replacement of all chairback seats, and the addition of suites and high-definition video screens. The upgrades are expected to be completed in time for the 2009-10 athletic seasons.