The Hope College volleyball team has enjoyed a distinct advantage at DeVos Fieldhouse, its home since the 2006 season.
Heading into the 2013 seaosn, the Flying Dutch posted a 77-8 record in six seasons at DeVos Fieldhouse, including a 12-1 mark in 2012. Hope set in 2007 a then NCAA record with a crowd of 2,307 for a match against Calvin College.
DeVos Fieldhouse will host the 2013 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championships — the second of a two-year contract to serve as host. The facility also hosted Division III Women's Basketball Championship four times — 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013.
Here are some more facts about DeVos Fieldhouse.
DeVos Fieldhouse honors Richard and Helen DeVos for their impact on the quality of life in western Michigan, the Holland community and at Hope College. The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation contributed a $7.5 million anchor gift to the project.
The 102,000 square foot fieldhouse is located at the Eastern Gateway entrance to the Holland community, on Fairbanks Avenue near Eighth and Ninth streets. Part of the property includes the sites of the former Western Foundry and City of Holland Street Department garage.
Extensive use of green space around the facility creates a park-like setting designed to help enhance the visual appeal of the main eastern gateway to downtown and campus.
The college broke ground in late April of 2004. DeVos Fieldhouse opened for the 2005-06 basketball season.
DeVos Fieldhouse also houses offices for the department of kinesiology and the college's athletic training program, and is the home court for the men's and women's basketball teams.
Owned and operated by Hope, DeVos Fieldhouse serves as a community resource for local events, helping to meet an area-wide need for such space. Designed to seat approximately 3,400 fans for an athletic event, it will also serve as a venue for other college and community events.
The construction manager was the Dan Vos Construction Co. of Ada, Mich.
The architectural firm was Ellerbe Becket of Kansas City, Mo. Ellerbe Becket is considered one of the nation's leading architectural firms in the design of spectator arenas with more than 20 NBA and NHL facilities and many college complexes to their credit.
The total project cost was approximately $22 million.