Baylor Basketball Pavilion

The Baylor Basketball Pavilion is a state-of-the-art facility that will become the new home of our men’s and women’s basketball teams. With a capacity of 7,000-7,500 fans, this concept takes its lessons from other Power Five schools that have recently constructed smaller basketball venues, as well as such historic basketball arenas as those at Duke, Kansas and Indiana. With the lead gift in place, Baylor Athletics is now in a position to secure additional philanthropic support and naming gifts related to the Pavilion. Further details about these efforts will be forthcoming.

By creating a more engaged and energized atmosphere, the Pavilion will elevate our home-court advantage and enhance the experiences of our fans. To be located between the Ferrell Center and the Brazos River, the Pavilion will feature a grand lobby and dynamic arrival experience for fans coming to games as well as integrated state-of-the-art basketball practice spaces, recruiting spaces, technologically equipped locker rooms, and basketball coaching and support staff offices.

Baylor basketball fans will enjoy a seating distribution that puts approximately 75 percent of seats on the sidelines with student seating close to the court along the baselines. In addition to improved sight lines, the Pavilion will offer a state-of-the-art video and audio experience and wider concourses and improved concession facilities.

In making their $100 million gift, this family has illustrated a belief in the promise of Baylor’s future, and they have expressed their hope that as a cornerstone of the Give Light campaign their philanthropy will inspire others to share their support in whatever amount they are able in areas of greatest need and most significant impact.

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WACO, Texas (May 13, 2021) – Baylor University today announced a leadership gift to the Baylor Basketball Pavilion from Paula Hurd, marking progress on the Pavilion and surpassing the $1 billion milestone for the Give Light Campaign, the most the University has ever raised during one campaign effort.
WACO, Texas (July 17, 2019) – Baylor University today announced that the philanthropic support of alumni, parents, students and friends during the recently completed fiscal year (June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019) exceeded $243 million, a period coinciding with the successful public launch of the University’s $1.1 billion Give Light comprehensive philanthropic campaign.
May 7, 2019 Baylor University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades announced Tuesday a significant lead gift toward the construction of a new basketball facility, one of the signature projects in the Athletics Master Plan portion of the university's $1.1 billion Give Light campaign. This news follows the recent announcement of the largest current gift in university history – $100 million provided by a generous anonymous donor in support of the university-wide Give Light campaign. A portion of this transformational gift will create a pathway to bring a new fieldhouse-concept, currently called the Baylor Basketball Pavilion, to fruition.