Virginia mourns football players killed in emotional memorial service

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — John Paul Jones Arena is usually a place of excitement, fun, thrilling fast breaks, game-winning buzzer beaters and roaring 3-pointers.

Built on a hill overlooking the University of Virginia campus, the 16-year-old venue is a theater for basketball. There is history here — the good kind. Since opening in 2006, the Virginia the men’s basketball team has won six conference titles here and in ’19 claimed the school’s first national championship crown.

In its lobby, shiny gold trophies sit inside a glass case. All-American portraits hang from its walls. And banners adorn its beams.

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