Virginia mourns dead football players at emotional memorial

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The John Paul Jones Arena is typically a place of excitement, fun, exhilarating fast breaks, game-winning buzzer-beaters and roaring three-pointers.

Built on a hill above the University of Virginia campus, the 16-year-old venue is a theater for basketball. There is history here – the good kind. Since opening in 2006, the Virginia The men’s basketball team has won six conference titles here and won the school’s first basketball national championship in 19.

Gleaming golden trophies sit in a display case in the lobby. All-American portraits hang on the walls. And banners adorn its rafters.


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