Memorial Gymnasium Interior

Memorial Gymnasium

The historical Memorial Gymnasium (or Mem Gym) opened in 1924 and is the primary gym on central Grounds. As the home of the varsity volleyball and wrestling teams, Memorial Gymnasium has a unique feel from our other facilities. In addition to a comprehensive array of fitness equipment, Mem Gym features an indoor wooden running track, combative/boxing room, and support to the numerous outdoor fields and courts in the area.

The University's Architectural Commission, with supervising architect Fiske Kimball, designed the building in 1921-24 as a memorial to the 2,700 University students and alumni killed in World War I. To fund the project, the state granted $50,000, President Alderman raised $100,000, and students contributed $150,000. Upon its completion, it was the third largest gymnasium in the eastern United States. Mem Gym was used for registration, concerts and basketball competitions until University Hall opened in 1965. In 1940 President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a historic speech at Memorial Gymnasium denouncing Italy's declaration of war on France. This historic structure was granted landmark status in the Virginia Landmarks Registry in 2004.

Address: 210 Emmet St South, Charlottesville, VA
Phone: (434) 924-6204

Facility Features

Reserve Group Space

Combat Room
Weight Room
Gym & Track

Facility Hours

Week of February 26, 2024

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Family Rec
Monday
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N/A
Tuesday
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Wednesday
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N/A
Thursday
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N/A
Friday
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N/A
Saturday
Facility
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Sunday
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Reserve Group Space

Parking Information

Parking is available along University Avenue, as well as the Culbreth Garage (Zone 5513), Central Ground Parking Garage (Zone 5515) and Emmett Ivy Garage (Zone 5514).

Between 7:30am and 10pm Monday-Friday, you must use ParkMobile to pay for your parking.  You can download the ParkMobile app, text “PARK” to 77223*, or call ParkMobile at (877) 727-5758.

Combat Room Renovation