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John Paul Jones Arena, or JPJ, opened for the 2006–2007 NCAA Division I basketball season and is located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.[4] It has seating for 14,593 fans, nearly twice the capacity of 8,457 at Virginia's previous facility, University Hall. John Paul Jones Arena is the largest arena in the state of Virginia.

 

The design features pergolas on the outside to tie in the design with Scott Stadium, UVA's football facility. This style is known as Jeffersonian architecture, reminiscent of the many buildings designed by Thomas Jefferson on UVa's grounds and nearby.

 

The arena is not named after the American naval hero, or the Led Zeppelin bassist, rather it is named in honor of the father of Paul Tudor Jones, who donated $35 million for the construction of the arena. He earned a B.A. in Economics from the University in 1976. His father, John Paul Jones, is a 1948 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.[5]

 

The arena plays host to not only basketball games, but a wide variety of concerts, performances and other events; for example, its opening season in 2006 includes events such as Cirque du Soleil, Larry the Cable Guy, The Wiggles, Disney on Ice & WWE Monday Night Raw.

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