Indiana refinishes, repaints Branch McCracken Court at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

  • 08/25/2017 12:22 pm in

Indiana unveiled the renovated Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall last fall and the $45 million dollar project gave one of college basketball’s most historic venues new life.

For the 2017-2018 season, the program will usher in the Archie Miller era. On Thursday, IU basketball’s official Twitter account showed off a recently refinished Branch McCracken Court.

The court, which was originally installed in 1995, was recently stripped down to its original finish by the Cincinnati Floor Company.

Three new coats of finish were applied to the floor and it was repainted. The process typically takes place every seven to eight years.

The project cost $36,000, according to Jeremy Gray, IU’s senior associate Athletic Director for strategic communications and fan experience.

When the floor was originally installed in 1995, the floor was calibrated with laser technology. It’s a perfectly flat surface with narrow boards and no dead spots, according to Gray.

The refinishing and repainting of the floor will not change IU’s policy of allowing fans onto the floor at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall following games.

Hoosier Hysteria, the program’s first official event of the season, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21. Indiana will open the 2017-2018 regular season on Friday, Nov. 10 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

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  • AndyCapp

    I remember some criticism on this forum after our fans stormed the court following the Wat-Shot. But I long for the days that Assembly Hall was one of the most intimidating places for opposing teams to play and that students stormed the court after important wins. Glad they didn’t take that away because I have the feeling that Coach Miller is going to give us *many* reasons for periodic floor refinishings!

  • crimson_chas

    …and the dingy/ water stained ceiling tiles above the court and seats; when do they get replaced? $45MM; and they missed the bad ceiling tiles, hmmm.

  • marcusgresham

    The nerd in me wishes they would re-paint Indiana in a more geographically correct way (probably because I’m from one of those counties that border the Ohio River, which is the part of the map that’s not 100% accurate.)
    Speaking of the nerd in me, I have an air date. Check local listings, but I’ll be on Jeopardy! on Black Friday, November 24.

  • AndyCapp

    LOL, that’s awesome! Hope you win a bunch of dough!

  • John D Murphy

    I can’t recall any other court stormings. I’m not saying none happened but I’m not aware of any. Do you have any other examples? I was there when Jay Edwards hit the shot against Michigan in ’89 (Miracle on 17th Street year) and I don’t remember people going on the court.

  • Frales

    I think we stormed the court that same year when we gave whisky their first loss that season.

  • Frales

    But I remember the 70s & 80s the best. Could be wrong….

  • AndyCapp

    I know that it was under Crean, can’t remember the game. If I recall it might have been the year with Cody & Co. when we were ranked #1 for a good part of the season? Was that the whisky game referenced by Frales? I was there in late 70’s and early 80’s and while maybe not a common occurrence, it (to the best of my old fart memory) happened a couple of times.

  • Pianoroark

    Good luck my good sir!

  • unclekerfuffle

    Congrats. Will definitely watch.

    Make us Hoosiers from the southern part of the state proud.

    Since I will probably nap and drink beer between now and then, will you please post a reminder a little closer to the date?

  • unclekerfuffle

    I think they stormed the court the year before the Wat-Shot when we beat a top 25 Illinois team. I remember that being the first turning point, in my mind, for the Crean era

  • Meadows007

    That court storming was Vonleh’s year, not the same year as the Wat-Shot game, but still awesome.

  • Clint

    *I think he means “REALLY” well.

  • TomJameson

    I’m marking it on the calendar now. Good luck Marcus. Take a breath, relax, then kick some butt. lol


    Yep, post a reminder when it gets a little closer, plus that will be during the bball season, and that is why I’m going to claim that I might forget…..old age has nothing to do with it…

  • marcusgresham

    Already taped. Got home Thursday, it just doesn’t air for a couple of months.