CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — The demolition of a Charlottesville landmark happened Saturday morning.
For over 50 years, University Hall has been a staple for the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville community. The hall served as an athletics hub from 1965 to 2006.
“It holds a place in our hearts for sure,” UVA Associate Head Coach Jason Williford said.
The hall hosted many special moments and was often referred to as ‘Ralph’s House.’
Ralph Sampson was UVA’s three-time national player back in the 1980s.
“Knowing that U Hall will be gone is bittersweet but it also gives me a chance to reflect on all the great times I’ve had there,” UVA Alumni Bob Crytzer said.
Last week, Virginia fans took home a piece of history. Fans lined up to grab a University Hall brick.
“I’ve got about 10 bricks I was able to go and grab,” Williford said.
Williford was part of this year’s 2019 National Championship team and played in U-Hall back in the 1990s. He told 8News some of his favorite moments happened there.
“Going in that place always dreaming of playing ACC ball I thought that, I thought the arena was the Taj Mahal of all arenas,” Williford said. “You know, it was, it was bigger than anything that I had ever played in.”
Although the arena is being brought down, Williford said it will never be forgotten.
U-Hall will be replaced by two new practice field set to open in August 2020.