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About John Paul Jones Arena

John Paul Jones Arena

John Paul Jones Arena is a sports and entertainment venue on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The venue primarily serves as the home court of the Virginia Cavaliers men’s and women’s college basketball teams. However, it’s also used for hosting concerts, pro wrestling, and other events, including Disney on Ice and Cirque du Soleil. John Paul Jones opened in 2006 and was financed by Virginia graduate Paul Tudor Jones, who used his naming rights to name the arena after his father John Paul Jones, who graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law. Contrary to popular belief, the venue is not named after the founder of the U.S. Navy, who is also named John Paul Jones. For both basketball games and concerts, John Paul Jones has a capacity of over 14,000 people.

Where are the Best Places to Sit at John Paul Jones Arena

Sections 103 and 113 are the best places to sit at John Paul Jones Arena for a basketball game, as these sections are on the lower level and close to mid-court. Meanwhile, section 104 is located behind the home bench, while section 102 is located behind the visiting bench. Sections 302-304 and 312-314 also provide an excellent view of the floor. For concerts and other performances, floor seats are available for those who want to be close to the stage. Otherwise, sections 102 and 114 are the closest sections to the stage.

Tips for Visiting John Paul Jones Arena

Charlottesville is one of the country’s great college towns, so there is a lot to do before or after events at John Paul Jones Arena. There is plenty of shopping and eateries within walking distance of the arena. A short drive away, visitors can find several historic sites and The Downtown Mall, which is a large pedestrian mall. However, the arena is roughly a one-mile walk from the heart of the University of Virginia campus. Parking can also be congested for those who don’t want to walk 15-20 minutes to the arena.

Food to Try at John Paul Jones Arena

The delicacies at John Paul Jones Arena aren’t top-notch, but there are enough options to keep fans happy. The tacos, burrito bowls, and cheesesteaks are all among the best options on the menu. More adventurous eaters may want to give the footlong corn dog a try. Within the arena, fans also have access to Bojangles chicken and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, as well as more traditional stadium fare.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is John Paul Jones Arena located?

John Paul Jones Arena is located on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

What kind of events does John Paul Jones Arena host?

John Paul Jones Arena events are primarily centered around Basketball. However, it’s also used for hosting concerts, pro wrestling, and other events, including Disney on Ice and Cirque du Soleil. 

Which team is playing at John Paul Jones Arena?

The stadium serves as the home of the Virginia Cavaliers men’s and women’s college basketball teams. 

Where can I park for free at John Paul Jones Arena?

There are various parking lots available for John Paul Jones Arena events. Be sure to secure your parking spot by purchasing a ticket online before the event.

What is the seating capacity of John Paul Jones Arena?

John Paul Jones Arena sporting events can host up to 14,000 cheering fans. 

Who owns John Paul Jones Arena?

John Paul Jones Arena is owned by the University of Virginia.

How do I get to John Paul Jones Arena using public transport?

Fans wishing to reach John Paul Jones Arena events by public transport have bus routes and taxi services at their disposal.

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