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University of Mary Washington opens new convocation center

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The University of Mary Washington has officially opened the William M. Anderson Center, a multiuse convocation facility, in Fredericksburg.
The 52,000-square-foot center, named for President Emeritus William M. Anderson Jr., seats more than 2,000 spectators for athletic events and more than 3,000 people for special events and concerts. The facility had been under construction since September 2009.

By comparison, the university’s Dodd Auditorium seats 1,300 and Woodard Campus Center holds a maximum of 500 standing people.

Besides accommodating bigger audiences for university events, the Anderson Center will provide an inclement weather location for the many outdoor programs planned throughout the academic year.

The first athletic event in the Anderson Center will be a Sept.. 7 volleyball game against Marymount University.

The men’s basketball team will play York College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in its first home game of the season on Nov. 18 followed by the women’s basketball team’s first home game against Frostburg State University on Dec. 3.

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