Big Ten players: Assembly Hall league’s toughest venue

  • 01/03/2013 9:15 pm in

The Gazette: B1G players’ poll: Indiana toughest basketball venue

Indiana’s record matters little to the players experiencing Assembly Hall. In 2009, the Hoosiers finished a school-worst 1-17 in Big Ten play, yet ranked 16th nationally in average attendance at 14,331. Now the Hoosiers rank No. 5 nationally and lead the league at 17,346 tickets sold per game.

“It gets ridiculous,” said Purdue’s Terone Johnson. “The atmosphere is crazy, whether they’re on a three-game losing streak or a three-game winning streak.”

The fans’ intensity doesn’t change for a longtime rival like Purdue, a top-ranked team like Michigan State or an average Big Ten opponent like Penn State.

“Indiana is the toughest arena to play in. It’s so loud,” Michigan State point guard Keith Appling said. “It remember playing there thinking, ‘It’s too loud.’ We couldn’t even call our sets for the full 40 minutes. The fans, not just the student section, but all the fans were into the game, constantly screaming and shouting for the full 40 minutes.”

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  • Hoosier in Evansville

    Of course it is.

  • Doesn’t get any better than hearing it straight from the players!

  • Doesn’t get any better than hearing it straight from the players!

  • Ole Man

    Awesome!

  • IU_Alum96

    And, it’s only going to get louder with each passing game.

  • HoosierPat

    There’s no doubt Assembly Hall is the toughest place to play in the B1G. You know the fans are crazy when they get excited about a 30 year old video of a cleaning woman singing the fight song!

  • Dagwoods

    Good to hear things haven’t changed. A friend’s dad, who played for Ohio State in the early 80’s, commented that Assembly Hall was the hardest and most intimidating place he had played.

  • My first IU game was Ohio State last year and I almost lost my voice from yelling so much. That is an experience I won’t forget.

  • And don’t you forget it!!!!

  • And don’t you forget it!!!!

  • “It’s Indiana.”

  • Miamihoosier

    Its so loud in there, I really don’t see us losing a big home game for the next few years. It would almost have to be a mediocre team like minny last yr that caught the guys and the fans off guard….otherwise its like playing us 5 on 6

  • N71

    Everyone plays the game up to a point as kids, those that don’t make their high school teams cheer like crazy for their home town team that has many of their buddies on the squad. Then I got to IU and was surrounded by thousands who had the exact same experience growing up. On top of that I knew a couple of the guys on the team, or at least had watched them in high school. As the saying goes, in 49 states its just basketball, but this is Indiana. I rushed a fraternity on the basketball court basically. I was essentially interviewed for my first job while playing basketball. Basketball is the language we all talk, I can’t believe the little stars on the Indiana state flag aren’t basketballs instead. Assembly Hall should be a difficult road game for all.

  • N71

    Everyone plays the game up to a point as kids, those that don’t make their high school teams cheer like crazy for their home town team that has many of their buddies on the squad. Then I got to IU and was surrounded by thousands who had the exact same experience growing up. On top of that I knew a couple of the guys on the team, or at least had watched them in high school. As the saying goes, in 49 states its just basketball, but this is Indiana. I rushed a fraternity on the basketball court basically. I was essentially interviewed for my first job while playing basketball. Basketball is the language we all talk, I can’t believe the little stars on the Indiana state flag aren’t basketballs instead. Assembly Hall should be a difficult road game for all.

  • marcusgresham

    I’d love to see an acoustics expert discuss this because I think the construction of the arena has a lot to do with this. Think about it–in a “bowl” type stadium there is a lot of area in the corners, but the way Assembly Hall is configured pretty much all the seats are within the length or width of the floor and those that aren’t are very near concrete that bounces the sound back towards the playing surface.

  • NervousWreck

    Almost? Weak….lol

  • SCHoosier

    Plus some of those “head posters” are sooooo scary!!??. Need’em to be loud for MN and UM coming up..they are pretty scary teams this year.

  • dtfreed

    That’s right we bad. . .

  • SCHoosier

    If we get my UM..u could be right!!!

  • azhoosier

    Decibel count has compared to a jet plane taking off is was said…I didn’t say it someone else checked it out.

  • azhoosier

    Decibel count has compared to a jet plane taking off is was said…I didn’t say it someone else checked it out.

  • azhoosier

    I was at a Notre Dame game several years back and it was so loud it felt like the building was shaking !!!…hey maybe it was..LOL

  • HoosierPat

    I agree. I think the design has a lot to do with it. The way it is designed, the sound has no choice but to travel right down to the court. Not sure if this is what they were aiming for when it was designed, but it works!

  • DarkSouth

    I like the state flag idea

  • HoosierPat

    “It gets so loud that you don’t hear anything, you know that loud where it’s above you and it’s kind of silent,” Iowa junior Devyn Marble said. “That kind of feeling.”

    This is my favorite quote in the article. The way he describes it, it sounds like its scary to play there. There is no better atmosphere in basketball anywhere.

  • Crean came to Indiana, and from Day one he started selling what you just stated. That has made the enviroment in Assembly Hall even harder to play in. Long way away from the days Knight would stop a game in AH for crowd control Ey?

  • The IU logo would be better.

  • B-town88

    I’m not an acoustics expert, but I feel the design has a tremendous effect on the noise level in AH. The upper level hangs out over the lower level, blocking the sound from going up to the ceiling. The concrete walls on the end zones also bounce the sound right back to the floor. Just think how loud it would be if they had not hung those sound dampening banners on each end zone. I bet Knight had that in mind, because he was SOOOOO concerned with visiting teams getting upset!

  • twarrior87

    Yes, the acoustics are definitely a factor.

  • twarrior87

    Yes, the acoustics are definitely a factor.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    B1G? Without question. Nationally? With a biased heart I say we are at the very least tied for nations best homecourt.

  • LibbyT

    Coach Knight never stopped a game for LOUD, just for profanity. Guess he was the only one supposed to swear in Assembly Hall.

  • LibbyT

    Coach Knight never stopped a game for LOUD, just for profanity. Guess he was the only one supposed to swear in Assembly Hall.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I might give it up to Allen Fieldhouse, but that’s it.

  • SS8941

    Assembly Hall doesn’t look pretty, it may not have luxury suites, the best sight lines or a gourmet menu at every concession stand but it’s perfect for Indiana because Assembly Hall is not an amusement park, it’s a basketball arena, so the focus is solely on basketball which is the way it should be. Building a new arena would be a mistake that would be looked at with the same regret that Detroit feels after tearing down Tiger Stadium, and New York feels for renovating Yankee Stadium in the 70’s. Assembly Hall is a Hoosier treasure, it’s part of our heritage as Indiana supporters and we have to protect it from those who want to build a new arena for the sake of making more money.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Yep. Tough place.