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Renovated LeBron James Arena opens in Akron

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LeBron James famously made the jump from high school to the pros. Now he's making sure future players at his alma mater have some of the best digs in the nation.

James' high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary, has opened its newly-renovated basketball arena in Akron. LeBron James Arena underwent a facelift made possible by a $1 million donation from the Miami Heat superstar.

Among the upgrades are a new hardwood floor, new locker rooms, high-density plastic bleachers, improved lighting and branded scoreboards. Basketball games for the high school have already been played in the fresh arena, and the building will also host volleyball, wrestling and additional school functions.

With James busy playing, his mother, Gloria James, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new arena Dec. 14.

James starred at St. Vincent-St. Mary from 1999 to 2003. In that time, James tallied 2,657 points, 892 rebounds and 523 assists, and he was a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year. He was the No. 1 pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003.

For images of the renovated arena, view the video.

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