Nov. 10, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- To enhance the gameday experience at Assembly Hall, IU Athletics made upgrades to create a state-of-the-art sound system and installed approximately 350 handrails to help fans navigate the stadium's steep stairs and aisles.
The upgrades mark the first renovation of the sound system since Assembly Hall's initial construction. The handrail project was the result of a collaborative effort between IU Athletics and University officials, including President Michael McRobbie, Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Tom Morrison and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Neil Theobald. Funding for the handrail project was made possible thanks to a generous gift provided by Bloomington lawyer, Ken Nunn.
"Assembly Hall is one of the premiere college basketball venues in the nation, and our state-of-the-art sound system will greatly enhance the event experience for our fans," said Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. "As one of the largest multi-use facilities on campus, these handrails are a long overdue addition, and we are thrilled that the University and Ken Nunn came together with us to make this possible."
The sound system was developed by Sweetwater, the third-largest music instrument and pro-audio retailer in the U.S., and All Pro Sound, one of the most respected audio-installation companies in the country. The technical side of the installation project consisted of new speakers, amplifiers, and signal-processing units. This included 90 specialized world-class PA speakers and over 93,000 watts of amplification, resulting in an approximate 400% increase in speech intelligibility.
In the aisles of Assembly Hall, there are now approximately 350 handrails, located every other row. Fans will still be able to walk through sections within the existing arena. The handrails were installed in the center of the aisles on both sides of the arena and do not obstruct views of Branch McCracken Court.