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Kaplan Arena at William and Mary Hall
Updated: Friday 01/01/1999 (ET)
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Directions to Kaplan Arena at William and Mary Hall:
From the North/West: Take I-64 East to Lightfoot Exit 234 (Route 199 East). At top of exit ramp, take a right onto Route 199 East. Stay on 199 East until Monticello Avenue exit. Exit at Monticello Avenue, and bear left on exit ramp. At bottom of ramp, turn left at light onto Monticello (pass under 199). Go straight through fifth stoplight (at Ironbound Road). After the light, continue straight for about half a mile and take the first right onto Compton Drive (before light at the former-hospital and shopping centers) There may not be a street sign! The road is heavily wooded on both sides. Continue on Compton Drive and turn right at the first stop sign onto Brooks Road. William and Mary Hall will be on your left. Please DO NOT park on the ramp!

From the South/East: (Before January 11th*) Take I-64 West to Exit 242 A (Route 199 West). Follow 199 through five lights to the Monticello Exit and follow directions above.

From the South/East: (After January 11th) Take I-64 West to Exit 242A (Route 199 West). Follow 199 to fourth light. At the fourth light, take a right onto Jamestown Road. Follow Jamestown Road 1.1 miles (past Lake Matoaka on left), then take a left onto Ukrop Drive. Take a left at the next stop sign and continue to follow Ukrop Drive while bearing right until you reach William and Mary Hall up the hill on your left.

William and Mary Hall opened in 1971 and is the home of varsity basketball and all Tribe athletics. On the concourse and lower levels of the building are coaching and staff offices housing the William and Mary athletic department. The broad-based program offers 23 intercollegiate varsity sports to William and Mary undergraduates.

The 2005-06 season saw a new addition to the facility. The basketball gymnasium became known as Kaplan Arena in honor of athletics department donors Jim and Jane Kaplan. The name was officially approved in a special session of the W&M Board of Visitors inside the newly named facility prior to the 2005 W&M Tip-Off Classic tournament banquet.

Kaplan Arena was named in recognition of the longtime support of the Kaplans, who most recently announced a commitment of $7 million in support of the Tribe men’s basketball team. Inducted into the W&M Athletics Department Hall of Fame in 1987, Jim Kaplan graduated from the College in 1957 following a stellar basketball career in which he was a captain and three-year starter, scoring 863 points and pulling down 341 rebounds. Jim and his wife, Jane, who graduated from W&M in 1956, have served as co-chairs of the Athletic Campaign Committee since 2001. A member of the W&M Endowment Association since 1997, Jim Kaplan was a board member of the W&M Society of the Alumni from 1995-2000, has been an executive partner with the College’s business school since 2000, and has been a member of the Campaign for William and Mary steering committee since 2001. Jane Kaplan served as co-chair of the Lord Botetourt Auction in 2003 and 2004, an annual event that raises money for the Tribe Club. A recipient of the W&M Alumni Medallion in 2002, Jim is the owner of Cornell Dubilier Electronics, the world’s oldest manufacturer of electronic capacitors.

Total capacity of the arena is about 8,600 for basketball, but by using bleachers in the open end and chairs on the floor, capacity can be expanded to 11,300 for convocations, concerts or theater-in-the-round.

The building features a medical suite, seminar room, a gymnastics workout area and another room for other sports usages. The facility houses 12 locker room areas with adjoining showers. In addition, there is a newly expanded, 5,000 square-feet weight training facility complete with Nautilus and other free-weight equipment.

The Hall, completed in 17 months by the Southeastern Construction Company of Charlotte, North Carolina, opened just in time for the inaugural game between the Tribe and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Financed by state revenue bonds, the total cost of the structure was $5.3 million.

Some of the proudest moments in Tribe basketball featured John Lowenhaupt (#42), Keith Cieplicki (#14), and Chet Giermak (#32) having their jersey numbers retired. In 1990, Jeff Cohen's jersey (#52) was retired posthumously. In 1993, Bill Chambers (#32) was also recognized as a W&M all-time great. Banners signifying those great memories hang in the Hall today. The first collegiate event played in the arena came against North Carolina on Dec. 5, 1970. The Tar Heels defeated W&M, 101-72, in front of a capacity crowd.

Other sporting events held here have included the Harlem Globetrotters and the Roller Derby. Fans in the Williamsburg area have seen auto shows, dog shows, Prince Charles, Glenn Close, a Billy Graham crusade, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, speeches by presidential candidates Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, the Shakespeare Players, a three-ring circus, and even a Howdy Doody show!

The first concert held was Sly and the Family Stone held in 1971. The largest crowd for a concert was 13,514 for the Police in February 1982. Other performers in the Hall included R.E.M., Sting, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, 10,000 Maniacs, Beach Boys, Chicago, Stone Temple Pilots and many more.

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