Loyola University Chicago

Student Complex

Division of Student Development

Overview & FAQs


Joseph J. Gentile Arena

The Gentile Arena is a newly renovated 5,000 seat arena. The original structure was built in 1996 and has since undergone a complete interior renovation that was just completed as of 2011. The renovations included new chair back seating for the entire lower bowl of the arena, new concession areas as well as team locker rooms, restrooms, and hospitality areas. New video boards as well as LED scorer’s tables were also added to the mix.

The arena plays host to both Loyola Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, as well as the National Championship (2014 and 2015) Men's and Women’s Volleyball teams. It also serves as a multi-purpose facility which hosts concerts, speakers, career fairs, commencement ceremonies, and other Loyola student functions.

The arena is available to host your functions as well, whether it be an athletic event or formal gathering. Please see the Gentile Rental Agreement for more information on facility reservations.

While the Gentile Arena does not have set hours, the facility is occasionally open on non-game days for tours, etc. Please check with Gentile Arena Administration on availability to access the arena on non-game days. 

On home game dates, the Gentile Arena will open its doors 1 hour prior to game time (ex. 6PM for a 7PM home game). 

The Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics generally opens at 7AM and closes at 11PM during the academic year. These hours are subject to change depending on athletic schedules and times of year. 

Please view our Rental Information page for more details about booking the Gentile Arena.

Please feel free to direct all of your Gentile Arena related questions to Dawn Collins, Director of Student Complex. Dawn can also be reached at 773.508.3802. 

Limited parking is available on campus in the main parking structure off of Kenmore Avenue as well as in the Fordham lot located off of Sheridan Road. Please visit the University Parking website for more information. 

Gentile Arena is an ADA accessible venue. ADA parking is available in the main parking structure off of Kenmore Avenue. ADA accessible seating is located in the upper level and can be accessed via an elevator in the Northwest corner of the concourse. Wheelchairs are currently not provided for use, but are permitted inside the arena. If other special arrangements are needed, please contact the arena office at 773-508-2610 at least 24 hours in advance of the event.