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Opening in 2012:
The Convocation Center
New home of XU men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball

     Xavier University of Louisiana announced in late March 2011 plans for the construction of a 4,500-seat multipurpose facility, the Convocation Center.
     The facility will replace The Barn — Xavier's 1,300-seat gymnasium which opened in 1937 — and become the new home of XU men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball.
     The Convocation Center will be across Washington Avenue and near the main campus on a site bounded by Short, Palm and Stroelitz streets. It will be dedicated on Nov. 3, 2012, followed the first basketball games in the arena: Xavier's men vs. Morehouse at 1 p.m. and Xavier's women vs. Johnson & Wales (Fla.) at 3 p.m. Permanent seating capacity in the Convocation Center for basketball and volleyball is 3,817.
     The top image on this page is Manning Architects' rendering of the completed building. The next image, a photograph taken during the summer of 2012, shows the progress of interior construction.
     Previous articles about the Convocation Center include March 31, 2011, by Xavier's sports information office and April 4, 2011, and June 26, 2011, by The Times-Picayune newspaper. The Clarion Herald newspaper published a story about The Barn's final days on July 20, 2011. Finally, click here for the XU Office of Facility Planning and Management's page about the CAC.

This page was created Dec. 14, 2011
     April 27, 2012, construction photos on Facebook:
Convocation Academic Center      Convocation Center Annex

The Convocation Academic Center will open in 2012 as the new home of Xavier basketball and volleyball

Here's the most recent interior photo of the soon-to-be-opened Convocation Academic Center.


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National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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