Hagan Arena: The Next Century of Hawk Basketball

Ceremony to reflect on the past and look to the future of Hawk hoops

Thursday, October 8, 2009

by Brooke Neifert

Saint Joseph’s University will officially dedicate the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. The dedication is part of the centennial celebration of Saint Joseph’s basketball, which will take place throughout the 2009-10 season.

The expanded and renovated arena features additional capacity of 1,000 spectators, premium seating options, and dramatically improved concessions and media services. It is infused by the rich history of legendary men’s and women’s teams, coaches and victories carried over from the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The dedication will reflect on the many milestones of Hawk hoops – from the birth of the Hawk mascot to the 2004  “Perfect Season” – and look to the future of Saint Joseph’s basketball at Hagan Arena.

“The Hagan Arena marks the start of a new era for basketball and the University,” said Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Don DiJulia ’67. “It is the beginning of 100 more years of fantastic finishes and tournament teams, 100 more years of community and spirit, and 100 more years of Hawk passion and pride.”

Coaches, alumni and student-athletes from the past and present men’s and women’s basketball programs will be in attendance, including Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay ’49. Additionally, some of Philadelphia’s most famous sportscasters are featured in a special centennial video to be shown at the dedication.

The ceremony will include remarks by former U.S. Olympian and NBA Senior Vice President Mike Bantom ‘73, former Hawks coach and player John Griffin ‘75, and all-time leading scorer and current women’s assistant coach Susan Moran ‘02. It will culminate with reflections by lead benefactor, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NutriSystem, Inc., Michael J. Hagan ‘85, University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., and a special ribbon cutting with SJU’s current teams and the Hagan family.

Following the formal program, an open house will allow fans to glimpse at the future of SJU basketball in both the Hagan Arena and Ramsay Basketball Center. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes peek at the facility’s locker rooms, offices, practice areas and memorabilia.

The event is open to the University community, but all guests are asked to R.S.V.P. For additional information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Rocco Spinelli at 610-660-1237 or rspinelli@sju.edu



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