IU Athletics Receives $40 Million Gift To Renovate Assembly Hall

December 19th, 2013 | by CollegeAD
IU Athletics Receives $40 Million Gift To Renovate Assembly Hall

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IU Athletics has received a $40 million gift, the largest in its history from IU alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt (pronounced SCOTT) to provide renovations to Assembly Hall and launch IU Athletics’ ambitious and unprecedented $150 million Catching Excellence Campaign.

“I grew up going to Indiana University games and have great memories of watching basketball games with my father,” said Cindy Simon Skjodt. “The atmosphere in Assembly Hall is truly unmatched anywhere in college basketball.”

“Everyone in our family has enjoyed incredible experiences with Indiana University,” added Simon Skjodt. “We feel fortunate for our IU relationships and it is rewarding to give back. We hope others in Hoosier Nation who are able to do so will also give back to help make the Catching Excellence campaign a success.”
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In honor of the landmark gift made by Catching Excellence co-chair Cindy Simon Skjodt and her philanthropic organization, the Samerian Foundation, IU will rename Assembly Hall the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

IU athtletics director Fred Glass wants to renovate Assembly Hall and do it quickly. His hope is that all renovations would be finished by 2016 and that Indiana could also move on several other capital athletics projects and have them done in the same timetable.

“I want the kids who arrived as freshman in the fall to participate in and attend games in these facilities when they leave as fourth-year seniors,” Glass said.

Refurbishments of Assembly Hall will focus on improving amenities to enhance the fan experience while preserving the current seat configuration and seating capacity. The south lobby will be restructured with a new entryway and dramatic atrium. Escalators will replace ramps in the south lobby. Throughout the arena, new branding and graphics will be updated to celebrate the tradition and success of IU basketball.
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Existing bathrooms and concession stands will be remodeled and new bathrooms will be added. A large state-of-the-art video scoreboard will replace the current bifurcated scoreboard, improving fan experience for all fans in Assembly Hall, especially those sitting in the balcony. Box seat-style seating will be added above the south baseline bleachers and will generate revenue to pay for this seating and to help fund ongoing upkeep of Assembly Hall.

Fred Glass Talks Assembly Hall

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