Campbell University breaks ground on John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center

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Art Pope joined other philanthropists and community leaders on a sunny day in 2006 in Buies Creek, North Carolina, to break ground on the Campbell University convocation center named after his late brother, John.

Campbell has more details in a press release:

Campbell University celebrated the groundbreaking for the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center September 1st. Donors, administrators, and community leaders took up ceremonial gold shovels to turn the dirt at the site, located near the intersection of Main Street and Leslie Campbell Avenue.

The 109,000 square foot facility is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2008. It will house a 3,000 seat arena, Sports Hall of Fame lobby, hospitality suite, practice gymnasium, wrestling practice room, and basketball-volleyball-wrestling offices and locker rooms. There will also be a 5,000 square foot student fitness center with a stand alone entrance for student convenience.

A project anticipated for decades, the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center will replace the 900 seat Carter gymnasium. Campbell University officials say the state-of-the-art facility will be a major recruitment tool for students and student athletes.

The John William Pope Foundation gave $4.5 million in grants over a five-year period to fund the center.