What's next for Indiana's Assembly Hall?

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Assembly Hall in Bloomington is one of the historic gyms in college basketball -- and there are apparently no plans to take away that tradition.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana wants to renovate Assembly Hall through various improvements.

  • Luxury seating above the bleachers behind the south basket.
  • A "modern jumbotron" that would "dramatically (improve) the fan experience for our balcony ticketholders."
  • The south lobby becoming "a grand new entryway."
  • Escalators replacing some ramps.
  • Remodeled restrooms and concession stands, and additional restrooms.

The paper writes that the athletic departments wants to keep the history and nostalgia of Assembly Hall -- while also improving the experience for fans at the game.

In 2010, the school opened the Cook Hall practice facility -- which "has taken care of the facilities arms race," according to trustee Patrick Shoulders.

Indiana has one of the better home-court advantages in the Big Ten, and the university has no interest in taking that away. No need for a completely new arena -- merely some renovations and improvements that could be done fairly quickly.

"My hope and expectation is kids who are freshmen on (the men's and women's basketball teams) now would play in this Assembly Hall before they graduate as fourth-year seniors," athletic director Fred Glass said.

For renderings and illustrations, check out the entire piece.

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