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On Dec. 1, 1969, Hofheinz Pav­il­ion of­fi­cially opened with a Men’s Bas­ket­ball show­down against Louisiana-Lafayette. Ex­actly 49 years later, that site will open again fol­low­ing a $60-mil­lion trans­for­ma­tion to be­come the Fer­titta Cen­ter. As im­pres­sive as Hofheinz Pav­il­ion was when it first opened nearly 50 years, more fans daz­zled will as be even they walk through the Cullen Boule­vard or Hol­man Street doors to watch the Cougars through­out the 2018-19 sea­son and well into the fu­ture. While the ex­te­rior was re­freshed, the in­te­rior was ren­o­vated into a mod­ern sports arena with all the lux­ury ameni­ties that fans ex­pect. Some parts of the build­ing may feel fa­mil­iar to long-time Hous­ton Bas­ket­ball fans, but all ar­eas have been trans­formed to be­come part of the Fer­titta Cen­ter. Fans who visit the Fer­titta Cen­ter will soon see that these are only the lat­est cap­i­tal Hous­ton the Hous­ton im­prove­ments Bas­ket­ball Ath­let­ics and De­part­ment. for In 2016, both Hous­ton Bas­ket­ball teams moved into the $25-mil­lion Guy V. Lewis Devel­op­ment Fa­cil­ity, named in honor of the leg­endary Hall of Fame coach. TDECU $120-mil­lion Hous­ton Foot­ball, Sta­dium, home opened the of in 2014. The im­pact of these first­class fa­cil­i­ties can­not be un­der­stated, and the re­sults can be seen in com­pe­ti­tion. Less than two years af­ter Hous­ton Foot­ball opened TDECU Sta­dium, the Cougars cap­tured the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship and de­feated Florida State in the Peach Bowl. Two years af­ter Hous­ton Bas­ket­ball opened the Guy V. Lewis Devel­op­ment Fa­cil­ity, the Men’s pro­gram won its first NCAA Tour­na­ment game in 34 years and fell just a buzzer-beat­ing 3-poin­ter short of ad­vanc­ing to the Sweet 16 against the even­tual na­tional fi­nal­ist, while the Women’s pro­gram ad­vanced to the WNIT. With the open­ing of the Fer­titta Cen­ter on Dec. 1, 2018, it is easy to see why op­ti­mism is run­ning high around the Hous­ton Bas­ket­ball staff, the Hous­ton Ath­let­ics De­part­ment and the Hous­ton en­tire cam­pus. Uni­ver­sity of ABOUT FER­TITTA CEN­TER In Au­gust 2016, glob­ally rec­og­nized en­tre­pre­neur and Chair­man of the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton Sys­tem Board of Re­gents Til­man J. Fer­titta pre­sented a his­toric the to trans­form Uni­ver­sity arena. $20-mil­lion the of Hous­ton bas­ket­ball gift to It was do­na­tion the largest to Hous­ton in­di­vid­ual Ath­let­ics. “This gift is per­sonal. It rep­re­sents a com­mit­ment from my fam­ily and me to sup­port the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton in its quest to strengthen our na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive in­sti­tu­tion both in aca­demics and ath­let­ics,” Fer­titta said at a press con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing the gift. “Up­grad­ing our ath­let­ics fa­cil­i­ties shows we are se­ri­ous about com­pet­ing at the high­est lev­els of col­le­giate sports for many years to come. I’m proud of where the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton is to­day and I’m proud to make this in­vest­ment in my uni­ver­sity’s fu­ture.” The fa­cil­ity’s ren­o­va­tions be­gan fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the 2016-17 Men’s and Women’s Bas­ket­ball reg­u­lar sea­son. Both pro­grams com­peted through­out the 2017-18 sea­son and dur­ing the month of Novem­ber in the cam­pus 2018-19 H&PE of Arena nearby sea­son on Texas the in­side South­ern Uni­ver­sity. PGAL and AE­COM were se­lected as ar­chi­tects for the project with Turner Con­struc­tion work­ing as the gen­eral con­trac­tor. FER­TITTA CEN­TER AMENI­TIES Serv­ing as the home for Hous­ton Men’s and Women’s Bas­ket­ball and Vol­ley­ball, Fer­titta Cen­ter will pro­vide all the ameni­ties that fans en­joy. Pre­mium en­try was built for Court­side Club and Le­gends Club pa­trons, pro­vid­ing im­me­di­ate en­try for these fans into the pre­mium ar­eas. CLUB EX­PE­RI­ENCE The Fer­titta Cen­ter pro­vides two pre­mium club ex­pe­ri­ences. The Le­gends Club is the ex­clu­sive area for court­side pa­trons, who will have ac­cess to pregame buf­fet ser­vice and a pri­vate bar in a 1,500-square­foot area. The Court­side Club is avail­able to Club, loge, barcalounger and ter­race-seat hold­ers in a 3,000-square-foot space. CON­CES­SIONS Two ma­jor con­ces­sion stands an­chor the food and bev­er­age ser­vice for the Fer­titta Cen­ter. Each of the ma­jor con­ces­sion stands fea­tures 10 points of sale and were de­signed for queu­ing that would not im­pact traf­fic on the con­course. Two ad­di­tional per­ma­nent con­ces­sion stands are avail­able in­side the main en­tries, and the build­ing was de­signed to in­cor­po­rate porta­bles and stand-ups to in­crease over­all point-of-sale-per pa­tron ra­tios. RE­STROOMS As part of the ren­o­va­tions, the num­ber of women’s re­stroom stalls was tripled, while the men’s num­ber was dou­bled. VIDEO BOARDS Dak­tron­ics was se­lected to de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and in­stall new, curved end­wall LED video dis­plays, halo rib­bon dis­play, fas­cia dis­play and stan­chion dis­plays for the arena. Two curved LED video dis­plays will each mea­sure 13.5 feet high by 60 feet wide. Halo rib­bon dis­play will mea­sure 2.5 feet high by 568 feet in cir­cum­fer­ence and fea­ture 10-mil­lime­ter line spac­ing. SPORT LIGHT­ING The Fer­titta Cen­ter is out­fit­ted with LED light­ing through­out the fa­cil­ity. The LED sports with in­stant light­ing on/off. is also Light­ing was pro­vided by Sports­beams. MULTI-PUR­POSE FA­CIL­ITY While the Fer­titta Cen­ter will be the home for Hous­ton Bas­ket­ball and Vol­ley­ball, it will be the host venue for a wide range of events, start­ing with an­nual Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton com­mence­ment ex­er­cises and other Uni­ver­sity pro­grams. The Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters will bring their Fan-Pow­ered World Tour to the Fer­titta Cen­ter on Feb. 15-17 in the first out­side event to visit the fa­cil­ity. Ad­min­is­tra­tors are work­ing to sched­ule ad­di­tional con­certs, com­edy shows and other events in­side the Fer­titta Cen­ter with an­nounce­ments com­ing in the near fu­ture. HOFHEINZ PLAZA An area ad­ja­cent to the Fer­titta Cen­ter will be­come Hofheinz Plaza, where fans will be greeted by a bronze statue of Judge Roy Hofheinz. A por­tion of Hol­man Street will be re­named af­ter the Hofheinz Fam­ily, and his records will be per­ma­nently archived and pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble as a spe­cial col­lec­tion in the Uni­ver­sity li­brary. The Alumni Cen­ter will house an area de­scrib­ing the lives and pub­lic ser­vice of Roy and Irene Hofheinz. HOFHEINZ PAV­IL­ION HIS­TORY In a Septem­ber 1969 meet­ing, the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton re­gents ac­cepted then Pres­i­dent Philip G. Hoff­man’s rec­om­men­da­tion that the field house com­plex be re­named Hofheinz Pav­il­ion in honor of Judge Roy M. Hofheinz and his late wife, Irene. Judge and Irene Hofheinz first met as stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton in 1929. Hofheinz even­tu­ally be­came a county judge and mayor of the city of Hous­ton dur­ing his ca­reer. He be­came known in the sports world as the pres­i­dent of the Hous­ton Sports As­so­ci­a­tion, which owned the Astros and served as the lease­holder of the Hous­ton Astrodome. Hofheinz worked closely with Hous­ton Hall of Fame Head Coach Guy V. Lewis and Ath­let­ics Di­rec­tor Harry Fouke to bring No. 1 UCLA to the Hous­ton Astrodome to face the Cougars on Jan. 20, 1968. With a crowd of 52,963 and a tele­vi­sion au­di­ence of mil­lions across the na­tion, the event be­came known as the Game of the Cen­tury and paved the way for March Mad­ness, which col­lege bas­ket­ball fans have come to know and love. Hofheinz Pav­il­ion was orig­i­nally built with a ca­pac­ity of more than 10,000. More than 100 light fix­tures il­lu­mi­nated the play­ing court with more than 225 speak­ers pro­vid­ing sound over the seat­ing area. In ad­di­tion to the bas­ket­ball court, the fa­cil­ity also housed seven hand­ball courts, ROTC of­fices and class­room, ri­fle range, in­door base­ball bat­ting cage and pitch­ing mound, nu­mer­ous class­rooms and the Ath­let­ics Ticket and Busi­ness Of­fices. Hofheinz Pav­il­ion was also used reg­u­larly in­clud­ing for con­vo­ca­tions, com­mence­ment ex­er­cises, for stu­dent reg­is­tra­tion and stu­dent-spon­sored mu­sic and va­ri­ety shows. Ren­o­va­tions were done in 1992 through a do­na­tion from John and Re­becca Moores. The fa­cil­ity un­der­went fur­ther ren­o­va­tions in 1998, cre­at­ing 28 suites and re­duc­ing ca­pac­ity to 8,479. The Fer­titta Cen­ter is lo­cated on the cam­pus of the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton at 3422 Cullen Blvd., Hous­ton, TX 77204. It is specif­i­cally lo­cated on the cor­ner of Cullen Blvd. and Hol­man St., next to the Guy V. Lewis Devel­op­ment Cen­ter.

PRE­MIUM SEAT­ING AND EN­TRY The fa­cil­ity fea­tures 712 pre­mium seats, ap­prox­i­mately a tenth of the over­all seat­ing ca­pac­ity, with 542 Court­side Club seats, 76 floor seats, 44 loge, 30 ter­race and 20 barcalounger.

From left to right: Till­man Fer­titta, Paige Fer­titta, Renu Kha­tor and Suresh Kha­tor

Roy Hofheinz

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