Fairfield U. plans $45M Convocation Center
FAIRFIELD - Fairfield University has announced plans to build an 85,000-square foot, 3,500-seat Convocation Center on the current site of Alumni Hall.
Fairfield’s new Convocation Center will be home to its Division I basketball and volleyball programs, Prep basketball, and will host convocations, concerts, and gatherings for the university and the neighboring community at large.
Projected to open in 2021, the $45 million facility will have a state-of-the-art broadcast and media center, luxury seating and lounge areas.
Although the official timetable for construction is still to be determined, the building project is expected to begin in the spring of 2020 and take between 18 and 24 months.
“The new arena will be a versatile, dynamic, and contemporary space, providing a much-anticipated upgrade in size, technology, and amenities,” President Mark R. Nemec said in a release.
As the future home of Fairfield’s basketball and volleyball programs, the new center will feature the latest in today’s lighting and scoreboard technology on the lower court area, as well as “cutting edge” broadcast and audio systems.
“The upgrades will enhance the quality of the event experience for those in attendance, and will also benefit remote viewers through advanced live streaming and video production,” the university said in a release.
“A modern facility makes an impression on prospective student-athletes, regardless of the sport they play,” Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann said. “It demonstrates an overall commitment to athletics by the University and will be transformational in its impact on all our programs.”
With project costs estimated at $45 million, the planned facility marks the culmination of capital projects detailed in Fairfield’s Master Plan.
“We are busy fundraising, and in true Stags-fashion, we are seeing tremendous excitement and support from our alumni, parents, and friends,”Vice President for Advancement Wally Halas said in a release.
“This center will bring our entire University community together and serve the town of Fairfield for years to come. It’s extremely important to the future of the Fairfield family, and it’s wonderful to feel that family come together in support of this effort