The E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center is the most exciting place to be for a sporting event in Richmond, VA. And sporting events are just a small glimmer of what takes place at this 7,500 seat arena; which has hosted President Barack Obama, the Washington Wizards, the Harlem Globetrotters, and some of the best in the music industry, including James Taylor and Sheryl Crow.
The $30.1 million, nearly 200,000 square foot facility opened its doors in May of 1999 and has been a focal point for not only VCU, but the City of Richmond as well.
Located in the heart of the Capital City, the arena offers convenience to the entire state of Virginia. It is home to VCU's Men’s and Women’s basketball teams, along with the Women's volleyball program. Its purpose is to provide a high quality multi-purpose indoor facility that can accommodate Division I NCAA athletics, but also serve as a general-purpose assembly space for a variety of special events. Also, located within are adminstrative offices, an academic center, and a weightroom.
:: Ground Breaking ceremony took place on April 23, 1996
:: Doors opened: May 1999
:: First Event: Red Cross National Convention
:: First VCU Basketball game: VCU Men's Basketball versus Louisville - November 19, 1999
:: 38,000 square feet of continuous hardwood flooring
:: Seats 7,500 people
:: Tommy J. West Club featuring 120 club seats and 4 suites
:: (6) Full basketball or volleyball courts