Penn basketball has a beautiful new practice facility at Hutchinson Gym

Earlier this week, I interviewed Penn basketball coach Jerome Allen for a story in the next issue of the Gazette. The best part about the chat? It took place in Allen’s brand new office overlooking a brand new basketball court at the recently renovated Hutchinson Gymnasium.

The John R. Rockwell Court is part of several upgrades to the creaky old gym. Others include a new fencing room, as well as improvements to the school’s golf, gymnastics and rowing training facilities.

For Allen, whose old office was in a cramped space at the Dunning Coaches’ Center and whose team’s practice court was in a stuffy upstairs gym at Weightman Hall, the major upgrades mean a lot.

“In order to be successful as a program, commitment has to come from the top,” he said. “And I think this building kind of is like a statement that they really care about basketball at Penn. It’s beautiful. I thank every person that donated a penny to make this happen for us. And I’m quite sure the guys will get a lot of use out of it.”

Some parts of Hutch Gym are still under construction but I snapped a few photos of the renovations, which I’ll share below.

A look from above at John R. Rockwell Court.

A look from above at the center of John R. Rockwell Court.

The basketball coaches offices have glass windows overlooking the court.

The basketball coaches offices have glass windows overlooking the court.

A look from the inside of head coach Jerome Allen's new office.

A look from the inside of head coach Jerome Allen’s new office.

A look down the hallway outside the coaches offices.

A look down the hallway outside the coaches offices.

Some photos - and bobbleheads! - are already decorating the shelves outside the offices.

Some photos – and bobbleheads! – are already decorating the shelves outside the offices.

The new fencing training room was named after longtime coach Dave Micahnik.

The new fencing training room was named after longtime coach Dave Micahnik.

Some parts of the Hutch Gym renovations - like the gymnastics room - are still under construction.

Some parts of the Hutch Gym renovations – like the gymnastics room – are still under construction.

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