IU to make “major facility related” announcement today

  • 12/19/2013 9:48 am in

Update: Per a pair of tweets from Bob Kravitz, Assembly Hall will be renamed Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in 2016 after $40 million in renovations to the building are complete.

Indiana University president Michael McRobbie will make a “major facility related” announcement today at 2:30 p.m. ET at Assembly Hall.

In October, athletics directory Fred Glass told Inside the Hall that an announcement on the future of Assembly Hall could come later this year.

Here’s an excerpt from our story in October:

For a building that has been around for more than 40 years, it has flaws. The steps are at different lengths. Not all the seating is considered “premier.” A segment of fans want the building torn down and replaced with a new, state-of-the-art arena. That’s not happening, Glass said. But he is quick to admit Assembly Hall needs renovations, especially to make it more “fan-friendly.” He is ready to lead that effort.

“I really try to never go to the bathroom there if I can because the restrooms there are so nasty,” Glass said. “We just need to do better with that sort of thing.”

Some of those improvements, which Glass said will include the concourse and the overall environment of the building, will be made as part of IU’s major fundraising campaign for its upcoming bicentennial in 2020. Though IU’s athletic department has not definitively selected which projects they will pursue, one or more Assembly Hall renovations are at the top of the wish list.

An announcement could come as early as the end of the calendar year.

“I think we need to do some things to improve it as a venue,” Glass said. “But not anything that would dramatically change the bowl or the essence of the place.”

Following McRobbie’s announcement, Glass will be made available to the media to discuss the announcement.

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  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Ok, now I see that. Thanks for that.

    But this was like the first time I saw Mike Krzyzewski’s name. Who’da thunk that alphabet soup would end up being -shuh-shef-skee? I was contorting “SKJODT” to sound “Sss-kuhh-joe-dt” before my tongue laid down and cried.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I do…I’mnot sure what our record at Assembly Hall has to do with me saying that improvements to it could end up helping us bring in recruits which would help us win more games (said recruits would be playing in home and away games obviously)….but perhaps I misunderstood what the point of your reply was.

  • David Macer

    I meant that the donation is great and I’m glad that Ms. Simon-Skjodt made it. But it will not have any impact on recruits and winning. IU already has a significant home court advantage and has since the building was built. Given our recent success and CTC recruiting ability, we will have no problem getting the recruits we want to represent IU !!!
    I hope that the money helps line of sight problems in rows 40-45 on the main level. I hope that the money helps older fans get up and down the steep stairs. Finally, I hope the money brings the fans even closer to the court to continue our “home court” advantage.