The new Atlantic Union Bank Center will be open to the public soon
Breeze TV's Jordan Simal takes us into the brand-new Atlantic Union Bank Center - the all-new, state-of-the-art home of JMU Basketball.
The Atlantic Union Bank Center’s final total project cost "banks" a total of $139,500,000, which includes an adjacent 1,500-car East Campus Parking Deck that finished construction last year.
There’s 226,000 square feet within the venue, which can seat a max of 8,500 screaming Dukes fans, 12 restrooms and four concession stands.
There’s plenty of upgrades when comparing it to the old Convo, which noticeably featured zero video panels. However, the new arena has 23 of them. Nearly two dozen Daktronics video panels, including one overlooking center-court, will illuminate stats, scores and highlights at Dukes home games for decades to come.
Additionally, while every seat is sweet in the new Atlantic Union Bank Center, some seats are, in fact, suite seats.
The arena features suite-level seats in the venue’s new Campanelli Club, which features two private suites, the President’s Terrace where President Alger and future JMU Presidents will attend games, and a bar and buffet-style kitchen space for those in the club.
The Atlantic Union Bank Center will also host future non-basketball events, too, and the venue is more than prepared if bands and musicians want to blast their jams throughout Harrisonburg.
The arena’s game court has a removable surface for such events, as well as retractable bleachers for lively nights in the Bank that don’t involve shooting hoops.
The first basketball game in the new venue will be on Wednesday, November 25, with tipoff at noon, as the JMU Men's Basketball Team faces off against Lancaster Bible College.
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JMU announced it'll allow up to 1,000 fans in the Atlantic Union Bank Center for home basketball games in the 2020-21 season. The Dukes debut the new arena on Nov. 25.
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