|L. Stockwell Jadwin Gymnasium|
Princeton, NJ 08542
|Construction cost||$6.5 million|
|Architect||Walker O. Cain & Assoc.|
(Basketball, track, fencing & squash)
The L. Stockwell Jadwin Gymnasium is a 6,854-seat multi-purpose arena in Princeton, New Jersey. The arena opened in 1969. It is home to the Princeton University Tigers basketball team. It replaced Dillon Gymnasium, the home of Princeton volleyball & wrestling, as the fifth main basketball arena on campus.
In 1965, the mother of Leander Stockwell Jadwin, class of 1928, gave a gift of $27 million to the university in his name. He had been the captain of the track team and had died just months after graduation in an automobile accident. The school decided to use $6.5 million towards the building of the gymnasium, which had just barely been started. It is notable for its unique roof consisting of three interlocking shells. It hosted the NCAA basketball tournament first round twice, in 1970 and 1972.
The seating is highly asymmetrical, with the equivalent of middle-school-gym bleachers on three sides and a major-college indoor arena concrete grandstand on the fourth side, holding the majority of the seats. Behind the opposite bleachers lies the void of the indoor track, which itself sits atop an indoor baseball field and three additional levels underneath. (The building has 250,000 SF of floor space on five levels for multiple sports.) This creates challenges for generating noise and atmosphere even when the stands are full compared to other gyms in the Ivy League (which are mostly smaller and more traditional in their layout). The TV cameras are also mounted on the large grandstand side, which makes Jadwin seem much smaller on TV. Nonetheless, Princeton has a very strong historical record for home games.
The Jadwin Jungle is the official student cheering section and basketball booster group in Jadwin Gymnasium for the Princeton Tigers basketball teams, located in the bleachers closest to the court behind the scorers' tables. The cheering section was founded in 2003 by three Princeton undergrads and quickly grew to be the largest student group on campus.
- "Jadwin Jungle". Retrieved 3/11/11.
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