University Hall, the former home of the University of Virginia’s men’s and women’s basketball programs, will be imploded on May 25 at 10 a.m., the school announced on Wednesday.
The building, which opened in 1965 and hosted concerts and special events in addition to UVa men’s and women’s basketball games, was closed to the public in 2015.
The demolition of University Hall is part of the first phase of Virginia’s Athletics Master Plan. The adjacent buildings to U-Hall, Onesty Hall and the Cage, have already been demolished.
On the day of the demolition, a perimeter will be established around the area and will include the closure of Massie Road and Copeley Road starting at 5:30 a.m. and lasting until the late afternoon or early evening. Emmet Street will remain open.
Virginia will have a live broadcast of the event on Facebook Live (@VirginiaCavaliers).
The demolition and implosion process is being managed by Renascent, which has completed the abatement of the asbestos that was in University Hall.
Following the implosion, it will take several months to clear the area of debris. Once that process is complete, the construction of two new grass practice fields for athletics use will begin. The grass practice fields are scheduled to be available in August 2020.