John Paul Jones Arena, or JPJ, is an arena owned by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since its opening in 2006, it has served as the home to the Virginia Cavaliers men's and women's basketball teams, as well as for concerts and other events. With seating for 14,593 fans (nearly twice the capacity of its predecessor, University Hall), John Paul Jones Arena is the largest indoor arena in Virginia. The arena opened for basketball on November 12, 2006, with Virginia defeating #10 ranked Arizona 93-90, handing the Wildcats their first season-opening loss in over six years.
JPJ is known as one of the best basketball venues in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino said on the eve of his first game there in 2015 that he'd heard Virginia has "one of the best arenas in the ACC" and he was "looking forward to seeing it." After his first visit, a five-point victory for #3 Virginia against #9 Louisville, Pitino lamented that at JPJ the UVA crowd is "on top of you." Pitino would later add, "I used to think that Kansas had one of the best home-court advantages I’d ever seen. [But at UVA] they all stand up with 10 seconds to go [on the shot clock], cheering their team on defensively. I have not seen that in my 40 years of college basketball.”