Indiana University Assembly Hall
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Indiana will hold a public groundbreaking ceremony later today for the Asssembly Hall renovations that are already underway and today the university released new details about the project along with several new renderings.
The full release from IU is available below, along with a gallery of the new renderings:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that renovations have commenced at Assembly Hall. A public groundbreaking ceremony for the future Simon Skjodt (pronounced SCOTT) Assembly Hall will take place today on the Cook Hall Entry Plaza at 3:30 p.m.
Assembly Hall has been home to IU basketball since 1971, and since then has hosted more than twelve million fans. Due to its unique, large-capacity design with the majority of its 17, 472 seats on either side of the court, Assembly Hall – with the nation’s largest student section (7, 800) – is regarded as one of the loudest, and most intimidating venues in college basketball. A 2012 poll of Big Ten basketball players judged Assembly Hall to be the toughest home arena in the league. Assembly Hall has been home to three men’s basketball national championship teams and the Hoosiers have a 533-106 record in the 44 seasons at the arena.
As part of preserving college basketball’s greatest home court advantage, the renovations will: improve the fan experience through renovating every restroom and adding new ones, improving the concession stands, refurbishing all non-bleacher seats, installing a new large video board with improved visibility in the balconies and throughout the seating bowl, replacing metal railings with acrylic panels to improve safety and sightlines, and adding premium seating and hospitality to generate revenues to reinvest in the building’s maintenance; improve fan accessibility through new escalators in the north and south lobbies and improved access for people with disabilities; enhance the look through a dramatic new “front door” and entry plaza and new branding and flooring throughout the building; and rebuild the infrastructure of the building through improvements to its emergency alarms, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems.
Demolition, construction and renovations on Assembly Hall will continue through Fall, 2016.
“I am thrilled that this project will preserve the best home court advantage in college basketball while also greatly enhancing the total game day experience for every fan, player, coach and visitor, ” said Glass.
“As we mark the first steps in IU’s effort to preserve and improve one of college basketball’s most iconic venues, it is fitting to once again recognize the generosity and vision of philanthropist and IU alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt, ” said Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie. “This extraordinary gift, which is the largest in IU Athletics history, will make it possible for future generations of Hoosier fans to continue to enjoy the type of unforgettable experiences we have witnessed at Assembly Hall for more for than 40 years.”
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