Indiana University Dedicates North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center
Oct. 2, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University dedicated the North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center at Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. The ceremony, which was held in the brand new Henke Hall of Champions, was enjoyed by several hundred guests and dignitaries.
The dedication ceremony began with Karen Hanson, Provost and Executive Vice President of Indiana University, who opened the ceremony with remarks from Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie. President McRobbie was unable to attend the event due to illness.
"This facility is far more than a collection of offices, training rooms and amenities for Hoosier fans," Hanson said. "It represents what can be accomplished when a team of professionals works to achieve a vision of greater achievement for IU's student-athletes. It represents our student-athletes' tremendous potential both on and off the field - and is a testament to ambition, teamwork and tenacity. It ushers in an era of great promise for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the campus, the community and IU fans everywhere."
Ground was broken for North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center in June 2007, and it was completed in August of this year. Leading the architectural planning and design of the facility was RATIO Architects of Indianapolis, assisted by Moody-Nolan, also of Indianapolis. This new, 138,000-square-foot facility transforms Memorial Stadium into a horseshoe layout connecting the East and West stands, complete with a new seating bowl, concourse, concession stand and outdoor club area.
"We have four priorities in the Department of Athletics," said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. "The number one priority of the department is compliance. We need to follow the rules of the department. Number two is academic achievement. We want to be a place where kids come to go to school, excel and learn, and earn a degree from Indiana University. Third, we want to excel athletically. We want to win championships. We want to win Big Ten championships. We want to win national championships. We want to win individual championships. We want to win team championships. And finally, we want to get better at integrating the Athletic Department with the University. We want to break down the real or perceived walls there may be and balance the canvas of the University. This building furthers each and every one of those goals as a part of the magnificence of our department and our University."
Inside the facility are the headquarters for IU football, featuring new staff and administrative offices, position meeting rooms, a team auditorium, and an underground walkway to football practice fields.
"To many on the outside, they think this new facility is just to enhance Memorial Stadium and make it a better place to put on a football game, but to all of us in the coaching profession understand what it does in order of helping coaches recruit the best student-athletes as possible and help develop them into their fullest potential as an athlete," said IU football head coach Bill Lynch.
A key component of the new facility is a 25,000-square-foot strength and conditioning center. As the largest collegiate strength and conditioning center in the country, it is used by 640 student-athletes in all 24 varsity sports. The North End Zone building is also home to the Henke Hall of Champions, an entertainment space for special events that will feature permanent museum displays celebrating great achievements in the history of IU Athletics.
"The North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center had been a blessing in many ways," Indiana senior rower and President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council Emily Kasavana said. "Over the course of my three years as an athlete here, I have seen many changes and developments within the Department of Athletics, yet none seem to be more significant than the completion of this building.
"As a student-athlete, walking into this facility is a very different experience. Where others see the addition of seats, improvements to offices and a way to update our facilities, we see the creation of a building where we feel a connection to something larger than us as individual athletes or members of sports teams. The facility is a `thank you' to all Hoosier family members of the past, who gave their time and sweat to IU Athletic, and a reminder to current athletes that family is always first."
The North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center is 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, endowments, and on going annual support of student-athlete scholarships. To learn more about the campaign or dedication ceremony, 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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