Progress Made on New Athletics Facilities
April 10, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The construction of two new facilities will forever change the landscape of IU Athletics. Once completed, the North End Zone Facility and Basketball Development Center promise to be impressive and unique multi-use facilities for athlete development and for fans to enjoy for many years to come. With more than a year of construction already completed, these two buildings are quickly becoming a sight to see.
The exterior of the North End Zone Facility is nearing completion as workers from F.A. Wilhelm finalize installation of glass windows and precast concrete. Interior work has also advanced significantly with cold winter months forcing some workers inside. Major interior work has included electrical work, insulation, walls, ceilings, and structural elements. View photos of the North End Zone Facility.
The North End Zone Facility broke ground in July 2007 and is scheduled for completion in July of this year. This new 100,000-square-foot facility will transform Memorial Stadium into a horseshoe layout connecting the East and West stands, complete with a new seating bowl and outdoor club area. The facility will include increased space for athletic administration offices and a 24,000-sqare-foot strength and conditioning center for use by student athletes in every varsity sport. It will also feature the Hall of Champions, a premier entertainment space for special events that will feature and celebrate great achievements in the history of IU Athletics.
The North End Zone Facility will also become the new headquarters of Indiana Football, featuring new staff offices, position meeting rooms and a team auditorium. In August, IU Football will begin its new 2009 season from inside the new facility.
Major work has also progressed on the Basketball Development Center. The unique exterior design is now beginning to take shape as workers from Weddle Bros. Construction Co. continue to build supporting structures and arches. View photos of the Basketball Development Center.
This new Basketball Development Center, located southeast of Assembly Hall, will serve as the daily headquarters for the men's and women's basketball programs. This state-of-the art venue will provide a modern and highly functional location for training, practice and conditioning. It will include practice courts, locker rooms, coaches' offices, meeting and video rooms, and a strength and conditioning area. It will also include the Legacy Court, an exhibit space to celebrate past championships and Indiana traditions and play host to new memory-making events. The building will continue to take shape throughout the year with completion scheduled for December 2009.
"It is exciting to see the new facilities progressing and taking shape. Investment in our athletic facilities will help us recruit and support talented student-athletes and coaches who will represent Indiana University in a first-class manner," said Athletic Director Fred Glass.
The North End Zone Facility and Basketball Development Center are both part of the first major comprehensive capital campaign by the IU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The campaign, For the Glory of Old IU, is focused on raising $80 million in private support for new and improved athletic facilities, endowment and on-going annual support of student-athlete scholarships.
Funds are still being sought for three other facilities, new baseball and softball stadiums and an academic resource center. Once the North End Zone Facility is completed, vacated space underneath the East side of Memorial Stadium will be repurposed into a new 18,000-square-foot Academic Resource Center. This new center will replace a 2,500 square-foot-space in Assembly Hall with more computers, classrooms, study areas, and tutoring rooms.
"The Academic Resource Center will positively impact each of our 650 student-athletes in all our 24 varsity sports. IU Athletics has a long-standing tradition of providing comprehensive and progressive academic support. Now we will have a state-of-the-art facility in which to do so," added Glass.
Major naming and gift opportunities are still available. To learn how you can support these facilities, please contact the IU Varsity Club at 812-855-0866 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can also be found on the Capital Campaign website.
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