Loyola University Chicago

Conference Services

Gentile Arena

Gentile Arena

6526 N. Winthrop 

The Joseph J. Gentile Arena in the Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics is Loyola's primary athletic facility and the largest event space at the Lake Shore Campus, accommodating up to 4,381 guests. This state-of-the-art arena features adjustable lighting and spotlights, video display boards, vomitory (tunnel) displays, a center ring, and a versatile set-up allowing for a variety of events to be held in the venue, year-round. Gentile Arena is most commonly utilized for athletic events, sports camps, galas/special events, large conferences, and high school and college graduation ceremonies.

Loyola Conference Services works in conjunction with the Student Complex Department for all external venue rentals of Gentile Arena. Due to the complexity of the space, there is a strict set of policies that all users of the space must adhere to. These policies, which include the general Fan Code of Conduct, can be found HERE

Dimensions of Gentile- main level, balcony, concourse area:

  • Arena Court: 100’ X 100’

  • Lower Bowl: 1,564 seats

  • Upper Bowl: 2,781 seats

  • Courtside: 18 seats per side, 36 seats 

  • Total Arena Capacity: 4,381 seats

  • Concourse: average of 10’ wide; 100’ on the straights, 100’ on the turns; approximately 40 six-foot tables can be set-up 

Basketball Courts/ Hoops:

  • 3 courts total

  • 2 run north/south (94’ x 50’)

  • 1 runs east/west (94’X50’)

  • 6 Hoops (4 that drop down from rafters, 2 are portably installed)

Volleyball Courts: 

  • 3 courts: 18' X 9'

Locker Rooms:

  • 2 locker rooms; 10 lockers per room

Video Display Boards: 

Concessions/ Catering:

  • No use of concession stands unless managing vendor Loyola Limited/ Ireland’s is servicing the event.

Preferred Vendors for Gentile Staging, Pipe & Drape:


Gentile Arena
Theater Style Conference Style Classroom Style Round Tables & Chairs Open Space
4,381 - - 1,000  2,000


For more information about event venues at Loyola, contact Conference Services or submit our Request for Information form.