Stansbury Hall (West Virginia University)

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Stansbury Hall
Former names WVU Field House
Location Beechurst Ave
Morgantown, WV 26506
Owner West Virginia University
Operator West Virginia University
Capacity 6,000
Opened 1928
Closed 1970 as arena; still open as academic building
Construction cost $250,000
West Virginia Mountaineers (NCAA) (1929-1970)

Stansbury Hall is a building on the Downtown Campus of West Virginia University. It is named after Harry Stansbury (died 1966), a former WVU Athletic Director.[1] Opened in 1929 as the WVU Field House, just to the southwest of "Old" Mountaineer Field, this was the home of WVU basketball until 1970, when the WVU Coliseum was opened. This was the home floor during the days of Hot Rod Hundley and Jerry West. It hosted the Southern Conference men's basketball tournament in 1953. While the home venue of WVU basketball, the team compiled a record of 370-81 (.820) when playing there. In October 1973, it was renamed to honor Stansbury.[2]

Today the building is the home of the Philosophy Department, the Statistics Department, the Program for Humanities, the Program for Religious Studies, the Center for Service and Learning, and the Office of International Programs. Army and Air Force ROTC programs are also housed here.[3] Stansbury's present use also retains some vestige of its athletic history; the remaining arena floor is often used by intramural and "pickup" soccer and basketball games, while a gymnasium offering personal-training services is housed elsewhere in the building.

On February 10, 2017, WVU announced plans to demolish Stansbury Hall and replace it with a new building for the WVU College of Business and Economics.[4]


  1. ^ "WVU Sports Hall of Fame: Harry Stansbury". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Stansbury Hall". West Virginia University Alumni Quarterly. 39 (2): 1. Fall 1973. 
  3. ^ Antonik, John (2010). Roll Out the Carpet: 101 Seasons of West Virginia University Basketball. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Reynolds 'transformational' gift of $10 million to name main building at new WVU business school complex". West Virginia University College of Business and Economics. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 

Coordinates: 39°38′05.9″N 79°57′23.5″W / 39.634972°N 79.956528°W / 39.634972; -79.956528