IU to break ground on Assembly Hall renovation project Tuesday

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (April 7, 2015) – The groundbreaking for a major renovation project at Indiana University’s Assembly Hall is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.  Plans call for the biggest changes to the iconic building since it first opened in the 1970’s.

Renderings for the project show detail a new, modern entryway for the Assembly Hall. Athletic director Fred Glass said there will also be new concession stands, premium seating and new jumbo-trons.

“It’s been 40 years plus since it opened and really no major renovations have occurred,” Glass said. “We want to preserve that iconic feeling of home court advantage but clean up and fix up some other things and make it available for another generation.”

Construction already started and will continue through fall 2016. Glass said the Hoosiers will continue to play at the Assembly Hall during construction.

The project is funded through a $40 million donation IU received back in 2013. In honor of the donors, the Assembly Hall will be renamed the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cook Hall Entry Plaza on the IU Bloomington Athletics Complex.