John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center

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John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center
John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center (Campbell University).jpg
Location Campbell University
Buies Creek, NC 27506
Owner Campbell University
Operator Campbell University
Capacity 3,095
Surface Hardwood
Broke ground September 1, 2007
Opened October 17, 2008
Construction cost $34 million[1]
($37.8 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
General contractor T.A. Loving Company[3]
Campbell Fighting Camels

The John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center is a multi-purpose arena in Buies Creek, North Carolina. The arena, Gore Arena, is located on the campus of Campbell University and hosts the university's basketball, volleyball, and wrestling programs. It is named for Gilbert Craig Gore, the late son of a Campbell alum. The John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center is a part of the expansion plan of Campbell's athletic facilities, which includes a new football stadium and renovations to existing Taylor Field of the baseball program. The John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center replaced Carter Gymnasium, which was the second smallest gymnasium in Division I Basketball with just 947 seats, second only to Charleston Southern's Fieldhouse which holds 750.

The Pope Convocation Center will play host to the 2016 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, taking place March 3–6 of that year.[4]


  1. ^ Tony Delp - Campbell Athletics
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ Grand Opening & Dedication of Campbell University Convocation Center
  4. ^ Payne, Marilyn (November 4, 2015). "Camels to host 2016 Big South Men's Basketball Championship". Retrieved November 8, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 35°24′28″N 78°44′12″W / 35.407905°N 78.736696°W / 35.407905; -78.736696