Towards the close of the spring semester of 2021, Fairfield University students were able to witness the tearing down of Alumni Hall, the stadium where many former Stags created memories while watching our basketball and volleyball teams dominate the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
After the debris of the former stadium was cleared away over the summer, the construction crew was able to begin laying the foundation for what the new “Arena and Convocation Center” may look like. From the lower entrance of the Barone Campus Center, one can see a large concrete wall that is below where the front of where the old arena stood.
Towards the back end of the site, about three levels of metal beams have been posted up. The process of building the actual stadium seems to have commenced.
A large fence has created a border around the entire site, allowing for walkways in between the Barone Campus Center and the site itself, as well as a walkway between the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies parking lot and the site.
Alumni Hall opened to Fairfield University students in December of 1959. The new arena in its place will feature a media center, more seating, a beer garden and other updated features, and was originally slated to be finished in 2021. However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic changed the original plans of the University, thus altering the timetable for completion of the brand new arena. Large posters depicting the computer generated image of the finished arena that is underway are hung on fences, projecting a “Late Fall 2022” completion date.