Seton Hall basketball will begin the 2019-20 season in its new arena in the nation’s capital, and the league will play at a lower capacity than it had when the venue opened last year.
The 76ers will move into the new home for the 2018-19 season and play in the new $250 million Wells Fargo Center, which opens on Dec. 10, 2019.
The Sixers, ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25, are also the No. 2 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament.
“We’re very excited about it,” Seton said.
“We’re going to play in a state-of-the-art arena, and we’re looking forward to it.”
Seton Hall announced the new stadium plan Thursday during the 76ers preseason camp in Harrisburg, Pa.
The new home is scheduled to open in late March.
The arena is expected to have an estimated capacity of 40,000, according to the school.
The school will use a new, smaller, retractable roof that will allow the basketball court to be leveled out.
The roof also will allow fans to enjoy an enhanced viewing area and the added level of comfort for players.
The arena will also include new concession stands, restrooms and game-day concessions.
The new roof will cost about $50 million to build, which will allow Seton to pay for the improvements on top of the $25 million it already paid for.
The move is part of a broader expansion of the NCAA tournament, which is expected by 2019 to bring in more than $500 million in revenue, according the school’s website.
The first of the new games in 2019 will be a home-and-home series between Seton and Seton-Nassau.
Seton, which has been to the Final Four eight times, is 3-1 in the first meeting.
The 2018-2019 NCAA Tournament is the second time in five years that the school will open a new arena.
The last time was in 2007-2008.
In 2018, Seton opened the new Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, which drew a crowd of nearly 15,000 for the first time.
The 76ers won the first round of the NBA playoffs and the NBA Championship Game.
The NBA Draft is set for June 10-11 in Los Angeles, with the first pick of the first-round going to the Minnesota Timberwolves.