Villanova, Pa. -
For the first time in 31 years, Villanova will play a regular season home game in the Jake Nevin Field House.
With its on-campus home, the Finneran Pavilion, currently undergoing a renovation, the Wildcats will host Philadelphia Big Five rival Penn at the Field House on Wednesday, Nov. 29. This marks the first Villanova regular season men’s basketball game played in the facility since Jan. 4. 1986 (an 87-71 Wildcats victory over Marist) and will be its first ever meeting in the facility with Penn.
“With the renovation of the Finneran Pavilion underway, 2017-18 will be a unique season for our men’s basketball team with home games played off campus,” said Villanova Director of Athletics Mark Jackson. “We were eager to bring a regular season home game to campus for our students and this presented us an opportunity to do so. The Big Five and Jake Nevin Field House are a significant part of our basketball heritage and we can’t wait to celebrate that legacy by turning back the clock for one night.”
“The tradition of Villanova Basketball is one of our program’s greatest strengths,” stated Wildcats head coach Jay Wright. “Many of the players and coaches who built the foundation upon which we stand today called the Field House home. By returning to the Jake for one night, we hope to give today’s Nova Nation a great appreciation for our history.”
The Villanova Field House – later re-named for legendary athletic trainer Jake Nevin - opened in 1931. It was utilized as a home court by the Villanova men’s team through 1985-86 (the Pavilion opened on Feb. 1, 1986). In addition, it served as the daily practice home for three of Villanova’s most storied teams – the 1939 NCAA Final Four unit, the 1971 NCAA Finals squad and the 1985 NCAA championship team coached by Rollie Massimino. Among the ‘Cat legends who called the Field House home were Paul Arizin, Howard Porter, and Ed Pinckney.
The contest with Penn will not be a part of the Villanova season ticket package. Details on a limited supply of tickets for this game will be made available in the coming weeks on villanova.com.
The Wells Fargo Center, a Villanova home court since 1996, will serve as the Wildcats’ primary home in 2017-18. The complete 2017-18 schedule is expected to be released in the next 10 days.