Kaplan Arena at William and Mary Hall
- 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.
This year the Tribe enters its 34th season in William and Mary Hall, 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.
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 Cohenís 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.
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.