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Memorial Gymnasium
Mem Gym
UVAMemorialGym1.jpg
Location 210 Emmet Street South
Owner University of Virginia
Operator University of Virginia
Capacity 2,500
Surface wood court
Construction
Opened 1924
Renovated 2005
Architect Fiske Kimball
Tenants
Virginia Cavaliers (Volleyball and Wrestling)
(Formerly Swimming and Basketball)
Memorial Gymnasium
Location 210 S. Emmett St., Charlottesville, Virginia
Area 5.1 acre
Built 1924
Architect Fiske, Kimble, et al.
Architectural style Beaux Arts
NRHP reference No. 04001291
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 4, 2004

Memorial Gymnasium is a 2,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Charlottesville, Virginia. It opened in 1924. It replaced Fayerweather Gymnasium as home to the University of Virginia Cavaliers basketball team until University Hall opened in 1965.

History

Established originally as a memorial to the University's World War I casualties, the facility continues to play a role in the athletic, recreational and physical education-kinesiology programs at the school. The classes of 1920 and 1921 pledged a collected total of $142,000 in support of the gymnasium as a memorial and construction was completed in 1924. From its completion, the gymnasium housed a variety of sporting and social activities, including basketball, boxing and dances. The basketball program was housed in the building for 42 seasons before University Hall opened in 1965. It was also the past home of the swimming and dive teams and indoor track teams. After renovations, the building - now used extensively by the University's intramural programs - also serves as the home arena for the Cavaliers' wrestling and women's volleyball teams.

Memorial Gym was the site of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Stab in the Back" speech on June 10, 1940, when, in the middle of giving his commencement address to the graduating class, he was informed of the alliance between Italy and Nazi Germany.

Current usage

Currently, Memorial Gymnasium, commonly known as Mem Gym to Virginia students, hosts the school wrestling and volleyball teams, and is also used by the school as an intramural sports venue. and converted into an indoor soccer ground.

Recent renovations

An anonymous gift of $845,500 provided for extensive improvements to the building.

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