Chaifetz Arena opened in April 2008, after years of planning for an on-campus multipurpose facility that would be home to SLU men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, and could host a myriad of other events. Chaifetz Arena has 10,600 seats in a single concourse, and also has 14 suites and two party suites, as well as a large club for dinners and parties.
The Arena complex includes the Chaifetz Arena, a two-court basketball-volleyball practice facility, where the volleyball team will play its games. And on the far western end of the complex is a new three-story office and support building for the athletic department. It includes new locker rooms for all Division I athletic teams. Chaifetz Arena also contains a new strength and conditioning area and a state-of-the art sports medicine facility.
Chaifetz Arena is named in honor of University alumnus Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz (SHAY-fetz) who made a $12 million naming gift to Saint Louis University. Chaifetz, a 1975 graduate of Saint Louis University, is a licensed neuropsychologist and is founder, chairman and CEO of Chicago-based ComPsych Corporation, the world's largest provider of employee assistance programs. Chaifetz is one of the world's most frequently quoted experts on behavioral health, workplace issues and employer and employee trends.
Chaifetz is a native of New York, and in 1971 he turned down an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to attend Saint Louis University on the advice of his high school dean and mentor. He credits former SLU President Paul Reinert, S.J., with helping him remain at SLU when financial issues threatened his ability to stay in school.
"Father Reinert told me he believed in me and allowed me to stay at SLU at a time in my life when I didn't have the financial resources to pay for my tuition," Chaifetz said. "I promised him not only would I pay my tuition, but that I would pay back the University in an even bigger way in the future. Now, this is an opportunity for me to give back to the University for all the support and guidance I received as an undergraduate here. It is my hope that the Chaifetz Arena will enhance the on-campus experience for every future Saint Louis University student, as well as the city of St. Louis."
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 14,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis, Missouri and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good. Learn more about SLU at www.slu.edu.
Chaifetz Arena is privately managed by Global Spectrum. Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.