Sunday, January 27, 2013

Villanova Field House (John Jake Nevin Field House), NE Corner of Ithan Avenue and Lancaster Pike, Villanova, PA

Capacity 1500

Paul Monaghan, who had rendered the elaborate plans for Villanova's physical expansion, was the architect for both Vasey Hall and the Field House.(1)
Officially opened on April 1, 1932 as the Villanova Field House, it was originally built at a cost of $350,000. When it first opened its doors the college’s enrollment was approximately one thousand students.(2) It included a swimming pool.(2)


The most storied player in Villanova history, Paul Arizin, played during this era, 1946-1950.
Coach Al Severance discovered Arizin, already a Villanova student, playing basketball in the Villanova Fieldhouse. Arizin holds the Villanova record for most points in a game (85), and is credited with inventing the jump shot. By the time Arizin was leading the league in scoring as a second-year player with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1952, only a few other players had mastered the shot...an early version of Michael Jordan or Sidney Moncrief.

Paul Arizin 1952
The Field House was renamed to honor long-time Wildcat athletic trainer John Jake Nevin on November 22, 1985.

Once the home of both the Wildcat men's and women's basketball teams, the building is currently home to the women's volleyball squad, as well as administrative offices and training facilities. In 1932 a swimming pool was completed.

It has permanent seating for 1,500 in the sideline balconies of the building, and can accommodate more with temporary seating on the floor of the arena.










Jerry performed here on
1/23/72  Howard Wales






1.)^Recognizing Excellence, http://www.villanova.edu/library/archives/sesquicentennial/case13.htm?page=446.htm
2.)^Contosta, David R., and Gallagher, Dennis J., Villanova University, 1842-1992: American--Catholic--Augustinian, pg 108, http://books.google.com/books?id=UvkoDjdphhcC&pg=PA108&lpg=PA108&dq=villanova+field+house,+architect&source=bl&ots=cvnVaq8c04&sig=aWA07__yq5iGJhSsKnfrkqcA6sI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Rk3ET8jMK4bhiALxzdmoCA&sqi=2&ved=0CFcQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=villanova%20field%20house%2C%20architect&f=false

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