Edmund P. Joyce Center

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The Joyce Center
JACC (pronounced "JACK")
Joyce Center.jpg
The outside of the Joyce Center in September 2016
Former namesAthletic & Convocation Center (1968–1987)
LocationMoose Krause Circle
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Coordinates 41°41′54″N86°13′53″W / 41.698443°N 86.231292°W / 41.698443; -86.231292 Coordinates: 41°41′54″N86°13′53″W / 41.698443°N 86.231292°W / 41.698443; -86.231292
OwnerUniversity of Notre Dame
OperatorUniversity of Notre Dame
Capacity 9,149 (arena, 2009-present)
11,418 (arena, 1986-2009)
11,345 (arena, 1968-1986)
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundJune 1966
OpenedDecember 1, 1968;50 years ago (1968-12-01)
Construction cost$8.6 million (entire ACC)
($62 million in 2018 dollars [1] )
Architect Ellerbe Architects
General contractorSchumacher-Sons, Inc. [2]
Tenants
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(Basketball, volleyball)

The Edmund P. Joyce Athletic & Convocation Center, often called the Joyce Center, formerly the Athletic & Convocation Center, is a 9,149-seat multi-purpose arena in Notre Dame, Indiana just north of South Bend. The arena opened in 1968. It is home to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball and volleyball teams. The main arena, Phillip J. Purcell Pavilion, is located in the southern portion of the facility. The northern portion housed a hockey rink until October 2011. It also houses the Castellan Family Fencing Center and Rolfs Aquatic Center (which was added on in 1985) in the rear of the building.

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Location

It is located across a pedestrian arcade from Notre Dame Stadium, and the center's two domes could easily be seen rising above the stadium's east side prior to its expansion.

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History

The 10-acre (40,000 m2) building, designed by the renowned sports architects at Ellerbe Architects of Saint Paul, Minnesota, was built in 29 months, and opened the first week of December 1968 as the Athletic & Convocation Center. It was renamed in 1987 to honor the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Notre Dame's executive vice president from 1952 to 1987. Prior to the building of the Joyce Center, the basketball team played in the Notre Dame Fieldhouse, which opened in 1900. The Fighting Irish Hockey team played in the North dome from 1968 to 2011. They moved to the Compton Family Ice Arena in October 2011. The last hockey game at the Joyce Center was played on October 15, 2011 (Ohio State beat Notre Dame 4-3). ND's Austin Wuthrich scored the last goal at the Joyce Center.

Renovation

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The Purcell Pavilion in 2013.

In the fall of 2006, the university announced major renovation plans for the Joyce Center. In 2009, the south dome, which houses the basketball arena, underwent a $24.6 million renovation and was renamed Purcell Pavilion, after Philip J. Purcell, a Notre Dame alumnus, trustee, and current chair of the athletic affairs committee. [3] Architectural firm HNTB studied the center after the university began considering renovations in 2001 and worked on the project. Phase 1 of the project was completed in October 2009, with its first event, the women's volleyball "Dig Pink" match for Breast Cancer between Notre Dame and Seton Hall, taking place on Halloween. The first basketball game took place the following night as the Fighting Irish men's squad faced Lewis University in an exhibition contest. Due to the renovation, the capacity of Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center dropped from 11,418 to 9,149. [4] A new video scoreboard over center court was installed prior to the 2010–2011 basketball season.

Major upsets

Notre Dame has a rich tradition of ending winning streaks at the Joyce Center, with victories over eventual national champions, defending NCAA titlists, and number-one-ranked teams. Some of the notable streaks the Irish have ended include:

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