Facilities / Directions

Convocation Center

The JMU Convocation Center has been the home to JMU men's and women's basketball since its completion in 1982. The venue also hosts concerts, commencement, conventions and other large meetings. "The Convo," as it is called by most patrons, was the first structure to be built across Interstate 81 from the original campus. Its original capacity was over 7,000, but renovations over time have brought the current official capacity to 6,426.

In addition to being the competition venue for men's and women's basketball, the facility houses offices, meeting rooms, academic success spaces, player and coach locker rooms, sports medicine space and a strength and conditioning area for both programs. JMU's offices for facilities and events as well as the athletics ticket offce are also located in the Convo.

Updates over time have included a newly finished playing surface in 2013 with the graphical design as a result of a fan submission contest on Facebook. New scoreboards on the baseline walls were added in 2007 to complement the original center-hung structure. New baseline upper bleachers were installed in 2012 and new scorer's table with video display replaced in 2016.

Planning is currently underway for a new competition venue for the basketball programs.


Reserved Lots - Men's Basketball (D, C, B, E) & Women's Basketball (R, C, D)

From the North

  • Interstate 81 South, take Exit 245, Port Republic Road.
  • Turn left onto Port Republic Road.
  • At the second stoplight, turn left onto Forest Hill Road.
  • At the first stop sign, turn left onto University Blvd.
  • Reserved lots will begin at the top of the hill on your left in this order: D, C, B/E (R for women's).

From the South

  • Interstate 81 North, take Exit 245, Port Republic Road.
  • Turn right off the exit ramp onto Port Republic Road.
  • At the first stoplight, turn left onto Forest Hill Road.
  • At the first stop sign, turn left onto University Blvd.
  • Reserved lots will begin at the top of the hill on your left in this order: D, C, B/E (R for women's).

Men's Basketball Reserved Lots (A Lot) (General Parking –  F Lot)
Women's Basketball General Parking (A, F)

From the North

  • Interstate 81 South, take Exit 245, Port Republic Road.
  • Turn left onto Port Republic Road.
  • At the third stoplight, turn right onto University Blvd.
  • Travel through four stoplights -- the third at the intersection of University Blvd. and Reservoir Street.
  • Continue on University Blvd. past Sheetz and Arboretum.
  • Basketball Parking Lots will be on your right in the following order: General Parking, F Lot, A Lot.

From the South

  • Interstate 81 North, take Exit 247 A, Route 33 East/East Market Street.
  • At the second stoplight, turn right onto University Blvd.
  • Travel through four stoplights -- the third at the intersection of University Blvd. and Reservoir Street.
  • Continue on University Blvd. past Sheetz and the Arboretum.
  • Basketball Parking Lots will be on your right in the following order: General Parking, Reserved Lot F, Reserved Lot A.

Reserved Parking
Parking passes for reserved lots are provided to basketball season ticket holders with specific lot access being determined by their Duke Club giving level. Reserved lots open 2 hours before tip-off and require an appropriate hang tag to gain access, refer to the back of your parking pass for a map of lots.

General Parking
General parking is available at no charge on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved in advance. See map above for lot locations.

Basketball Shuttle Service

  • Shuttle service is available for all men's and women's basketball home games beginning one and a half hours prior to game time and will run continuously until one hour postgame.
  • Service is provided from Lot R10 and R11(site of old Howard Johnson/Rockingham Hall) with drop off by the Convocation Center D-Door.

Accessible Parking

  • Accessible parking is available adjacent to the Convocation Center for season ticket holders who possess both a reserved parking pass as well as an accessible license plate or hangtag.
  • Additional accessible parking for general public with ADA hangtag or plate is available in the Convo G Lot with shuttle service to the Convocation Center starting 90 minutes prior to game time. The shuttle is ADA accessible and has a lift available for any fans that need additional assistance.