Gentile Arena

The Gentile Arena is a state-of-the-art sports arena that serves as the new home of the Loyola University Ramblers sports program. The 7,500-seat arena is used for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, as well as Loyola special events (including commencement) and Rogers Park-Edgewater neighborhood gatherings, concerts, and performances.

Client

Loyola University Chicago

Location

Chicago, IL

Category

Architecture /
Campus Environments /
Sports + Recreation /

Size

45,000 SF

Award

2015 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Award for Outstanding Sports Facility

The arena’s unique design allows the space to be configured for a variety of crowd sizes and events. Initial tiered bleachers retract hydraulically to open up the space or change to dual court events. For a more intimate setting, large blackout draperies can be lowered to cordon off tiers of seating. The arena concourse features new concession stands, restrooms, locker rooms, hospitality rooms, and storage areas.

7,500
seat arena