University of Houston Receives $20 Million Gift

The University of Houston has announced a gift of $20 million to help underwrite the renovation of Hofheinz Pavilion, the university’s basketball arena.

The plan for the renovation, which is scheduled to begin after the 2016-17 season and be completed in time for the 2018-19 season, will reduce the number of seats from 8,479 to 7,420 while bringing  seats closer to the court. The as-yet-anonymous gift will facilitate a name change for the venue, which opened in 1969.

"We're not sure how that name is going to unfold," said vice president for intercollegiate athletics Hunter Yurachek, "but it will no longer be called Hofheinz Pavilion, so were referring to this project as our Basketball Arena Renovation Project."

Bryce Dodds. "Hofheinz Renovation Project, $20 Million Donation Announced." Daily Cougar 11/29/2015.