Memorial Union Renewal

UC Davis Band Uh! at the Memorial Union grand opening event

Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors walked through the doors of the newly renovated Memorial Union (MU) on Monday, May 1. Built in 1955 as a tribute to Aggies who died during military service, the MU underwent two years of construction to meet seismic and safety standards. In addition to the structural upgrades, the atrium-style façade breathes more life into the MU, making it an inviting space and a top destination on campus. 

MU by the numbers:

  • Two updated lounge areas including 332 more seats
  • One new retail store, the Market, featuring meal options, CoHo to-go items, and snacks for late-night study sessions
  • Games area includes a 12-lane bowling alley, billiards tables, six screens with internet capability dedicated to an assortment of console video games, TV screens and a new lounge area
  • New computer lab with 22 computers, black and white, and color printers
  • More than 5,000 students used the new lounge areas on May 1*

*Figure does not include foot traffic, Games Area, or Coffee House spaces

The grand reopening of the Memorial Union took place on May 18. The annual Memorial Day ceremony on May 25 included a rededication of the Gold Star Aggie wall, where the names of the 135 fallen Aggies were read aloud in observance and the digitized Golden Memory Book was unveiled. 

To solidify campus commitment to the Gold Star Aggies and veterans' services, the new Veterans Success Center is now on the second floor. The Center For Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success is projected to open its new location in the MU later this summer.