A New Basketball Home for Longwood University

by | Apr 15, 2019 | Joseph Oakes, News

Since 1980, Longwood University has played basketball at the 1,807 seat Willett Hall. While the intimate design of the building created a tremendous court advantage for the Lancers, the building resembled a high-school gym and is inadequate for the level of basketball Longwood desires to play at. The time is now for a new basketball arena for Longwood, and it will now be possible after a $15 million gift for alumnus Joan Brock this week.

Early design of the Joan Brock Center shows plans for a basketball seating capacity of 2,500 to 3,000 seats. However, the building will maintain the intimate feel and energy of Willett Hall. The building has a planned opening for the 2022 season, and will put Longwood in the top tier of basketball arenas in the Big South Conference, along with Campbell’s Gore Arena and UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena.

“We could not be more excited about the Joan Perry Brock Center and the new future home of Longwood basketball,” men’s basketball head coach Griff Aldrich said. “The ‘JPB’ is certainly a game-changer for our program as it will provide Longwood with a state-of- the-art venue in which to play basketball games. This new facility significantly elevates our program as it allows us to provide our student-athletes and fans with a premier arena in which to compete. We are so grateful to Mrs. Brock for her generosity, which will impact not only our basketball program and Longwood University, but also our broader community.” https://longwoodlancers.com/news/2019/4/10/mens-basketball-the-joan-perry-brock-center-longwood-basketballs-new-home.aspx

Head women’s basketball coach Rebecca Tillett was equally excited, “…it will elevate every aspect of our women’s basketball program, including immediately aiding our efforts to attract high-quality student-athletes. It will also positively influence and empower every woman who chooses this program.”

The announcement of the new arena comes on the heels of one of the most successful seasons ever for Longwood men’s basketball. The Lancers won the second most games in their time in the Division 1 era, and earning its first ever postseason berth in the CBI tournament.

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