Schar Center update: Koury Practice Facility, Robert Gill room complete

The 5,100-seat, 160,000-square-foot facility will provide a premier gathering space for major campus events and serve as the new home for Elon's basketball and volleyball programs when it opens this year.


A number of components of Elon’s new Schar Center are now complete, including the Maurice J. Koury Practice Facility and the Robert V. Gill Room as crews continue to make progress on the expansive project. 

<p>The Maurice J. Koury Practice Facility</p>
Finishing touches on locker rooms are underway with work to begin this summer to install the main arena floor. A new display honoring “The Varney Boys,” those athletes who played under Coach Harry “Sid” Varney in the 1950s, is also now complete. 

The Schar Center will serve as a venue for convocations, speakers and other major campus events. It will also be the new home court for Elon’s basketball and volleyball teams, with triple the space of Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, and include a practice facility with two full courts, hospitality room, club-level seating and high-definition video boards. The facility is scheduled to open in fall 2018.

A display inside the men's basketball locker room
Alumni, parents and friends can follow the Schar Center progress at its website — — which includes the latest photos and news of the facility, as well as renderings, a construction cam and photos from past project milestones.

Visitors to the website can take a look inside and outside the Schar Center with fly-through videos. In addition, an interactive construction cam allows viewers to scroll back through construction photos and provides a time-lapse feature so viewers can watch the center take shape.

​The facility is named for Elon parents Dwight and Martha Schar of Palm Beach, Fla., who are among Elon’s most generous donors and whose $13 million in gifts to the university provided lead funding for the convocation center and the expanded School of Communications.