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New Conte Forum Renovation To Include Extensive Area For ‘Well There’s Always Next Year’ Trophies

New Conte Forum Renovation To Include Extensive Area For ‘Well There’s Always Next Year’ Trophies

SchoolSports April 4, 2022 The New England Classic

The real appeal of this new complex comes in the form of a 30 million dollar, four-story, indoor-outdoor, climate controlled trophy section. This new... New Conte Forum Renovation To Include Extensive Area For ‘Well There’s Always Next Year’ Trophies

CONTE FORUM — Boston College recently tried to pull a sneaky one by starting construction on Conte Forum’s new Hoag Pavilion while the entire BC student body was away for spring break. Students were very upset when they found out they now have to walk an extra 38 feet to get to the million dollar stairs. With this new construction project, BC also continues its 48 year-long streak of annoying construction inconveniences.

The designers of the new pavilion hope that the project will give a new life to the BC basketball program, which if you forgot, is still a thing. The new 40,000 square foot space will hopefully be a major draw for basketball recruits. It will include a nutrition center, strength and conditioning facility, scooter parking garage, and sports medicine center specifically for men’s and women’s basketball players.

But who cares about all that hooplah? The real appeal of this new complex comes in the form of a 30 million dollar, four-story, indoor-outdoor, climate controlled trophy section. This new “Trophy World” area will house BC’s countless participation ribbons, “At Least We Tried” banners, “There Are No Losers In God’s Eyes” medals, and of course “Well There’s Always Next Year” Trophies. BC is nationally known for having the most “Well There’s Always Next Year” Trophies of any D1 basketball program with a total of 26. BC has been historically dominant at being uncomfortably mediocre, and so the designers of the pavilion hope that they can honor BC’s storied past with this new trophy wonderland.

Duncan Balls (CSOM ’26) , a recent basketball commit, shared his feeling about the new pavilion. “I had offers from more traditional basketball powerhouse schools like Duke, North Carolina, and UCLA, but BC’s commitment to consistent underperformance is really what made me want to come to Chestnut Hill and play basketball. That same commitment will be displayed loud and clear in the new trophy area of the Hoag Pavilion.”

Trophy World will account for 30,000 of the 40,000 square feet of the new pavilion, however designers are concerned that the space may need to be expanded in the future to accommodate BC’s constantly expanding trophy collection.