Wofford College plaque outside gate

Benjamin Johnson Arena Renovation

The Benjamin Johnson Arena in the Campus Life Building is undergoing a renovation to convert it into a first-rate facility for campus intramural, fitness and recreational activities.

Renderings

Architectural Rendering of BenJo West Concourse Architectural Rendering of BenJo West Concourse with focus on basketball courts
Architectural Rendering of BenJo East Concourse with free weights  

 

Demolition includes:

  • Removal of existing bleachers
  • Removal of entry alcoves
  • Removal of existing gymnasium flooring

Renovation/Installation, lower level:

  • Former basketball/volleyball court and bleacher area:
    • New multi-sport playing surface
    • Three courts for basketball, volleyball, tennis and badminton
    • Walking track around perimeter of three courts  
  • Locker rooms:
    • Renovated for use by students, faculty and staff
    • New flooring, fixtures, lighting, some countertops, stalls and painting
     

Renovation/Installation, concourse areas, upper level:

  • Concourses to become new fitness center
  • East concourse (soccer stadium side): weight equipment, including free weights, benches and machines
  • West concourse (Terrier sculpture/parking lot side): cardio equipment, including treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical machines
  • Openings to bleacher areas on both sides to be filled in
  • Thick, laminated glass to be placed atop the walls of concourses
  • New flooring to be installed on both concourses
  • Electrical upgrades to be installed to house new equipment, including audio-visual equipment
  • Both concourses to include open locker storage
  • Staff office to be added to west concourse, near The Commons entrance
  • Student/employee desk to be added to east concourse, near The Commons


The entire arena will be repainted.

History of Benjamin Johnson Arena

  • Opened: January 22, 1981
  • Replaced Andrews Field House, where the Terriers played basketball for 50 years.
  • First Basketball Game: Terriers vs. The Citadel Bulldogs, January 22, 1981
  • Namesake: Benjamin O. Johnson, Class of 1930
    • Spartanburg textile executive associated with Spartanburg Mills
    • Wofford trustee and benefactor
    • Champion chess player in his youth; later one of nation’s best-known bridge players
    • President of American Contract Bridge League
    • Captain of American bridge team in international competition  
  • Original cost: $4.5 million
  • Other Facts about Benjamin Johnson Arena:
    • Part of Wofford’s Campus Life Building, designed to serve as center of athletics, social and cultural activity on campus
    • Home to Terrier men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball team