Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex
The Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex serves as the home for the Holy Cross men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball teams. In the fall of 2016, the arena was renovated with a new state-of-the-art Robbins Bio-Channel Star Flooring System, featuring a court design which includes the Holy Cross athletics logo and an outline of the state of Massachusetts. This renovation also saw the entire lower bowl retrofitted with new retractable bleachers. In addition to the floor, a Schelde Sports basket system was installed, which is currently used in over 100 countries around the world. Other upgrades within the arena include a new Bose sound system, refinished ceilings and new banners. Additional enhancements which are scheduled to be finished by the summer of 2017 include new locker rooms, meeting rooms and coaches offices.
The building opened in 1975, then known as the Hart Center, with a basketball arena and ice hockey rink. In 1983 a swimming pool, rowing tank, training room and locker rooms were added to the facility. The Smith Wellness Center then opened in 1997, providing space for varsity and community exercise and training.
Since the opening of the building, the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex has provided a tremendous home court advantage for the Crusaders. The 3,536 seat capacity has been exceed often, as standing room only crowds of 4,000 make the Hart Center into a loud and intimidating playing environment for opponents.
Some of the great teams who have faced the Crusaders on their home floor are Connecticut, Georgetown, Ohio State and Providence on the men's side, and Connecticut, Maryland, Stanford and North Carolina on the women's side.
Largest Crowd: 4,000 (numerous times, last on March 9, 2007 vs. Bucknell)
Longest Men's Basketball Winning Streak: 23 Games (2006-2008)
Longest Women's Basketball Winning Streak: 34 Games (1980-1983)
Hart Center Namesake: Without question one of the most well-known Jesuits ever at Holy Cross, the Rev. Francis J. Hart, S.J., created and served as the director of Holy Cross’ intramural program for more than 40 years. His passion for athletics, both recreational and at the varsity level, were a part of the fiber of Crusader athletics for decades. In recognition of his many contributions to the Holy Cross athletics program, the Hart Recreation Center was named in his honor in 1975. He passed away in 1986.
Luth Athletic Complex Namesake: The Luth Athletic Complex is named for John E. Luth '74 and Joanne Chouinard-Luth, who donated $32.5 million to the College in 2015 towards renovating and expanding the athletics complex. John E. Luth is the founding partner, chairman and chief executive officer of Seabury Group LLC, the preeminent global aviation advisory firm. Dr. Joanne Chouinard-Luth practiced dental medicine in Chicago for 30 years.