New IU Athletics Facilities Take Shape
Nov. 21, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - IU spectators and fans at football and basketball games this fall have seen their fair share of changes and construction developments to IU Athletics facilities.
The North End Zone Facility, which broke ground in July 2007, is quickly becoming an impressive addition to IU Athletics and Indiana University. Windows and architectural precast concrete are currently being added to the exterior of the building and its two remarkable towers. Once the exterior of the building is completed in mid-December, workers from F.A. Wilhelm Construction will focus their efforts inside for the winter. In August, IU Football will begin its new 2009 season from inside the new facility.
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 North End Zone Facility will also become the new headquarters of Indiana Football, featuring new staff offices, position meeting rooms and a team auditorium.
"The North End Zone facility will give our student-athletes the chance to develop not only on the field, but in the classroom as well," said head football coach Bill Lynch. "It will provide a state-of-the art weight room, new meeting rooms and a brand new academic center that will provide all of our student-athletes with everything they need to succeed."
In addition to enhanced space for IU Football, the new North End Zone Facility will also include:
Vacated space in from underneath the East side of Memorial Stadium will also be repurposed into a new 18,000-square-foot Academic Resource Center. This new center will replace the modest 2,500 square-foot-space in Assembly Hall and will feature more computers, classrooms, study areas, and tutoring rooms for use by all IU student athletes.
The new Basketball Development Center has also seen significant development this year. With the site excavated and utility relocation work complete, construction is now fully focused on foundation work, supporting structures and arches. The building will continue to take shape throughout the year with completion anticipated by late 2009.
This new Basketball Development Center, to be 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.
Highlights of the facility include:
"We are excited about the progress of the Basketball Development Center," said IU women's head basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "This is a first class facility made for players who are looking for the best and is another step in helping Indiana Women's Basketball in our pursuit for championships on the court and in the classroom."
"This is going to give us the opportunity to attract the best and brightest student-athletes in the country and gives them a resource to get the most out of their ability, added men's basketball head coach Tom Crean. We are so thankful to those who have stepped up and contributed to this campaign. It truly signifies a new era in Indiana University athletics."
The North End Zone 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.
Major naming and gift opportunities are still available for four new facilities: the North End Zone Facility, Basketball Development Center, Baseball Stadium and Softball Stadium. To learn how you can support these facilities and the For the Glory of Old IU campaign, 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.
About IU Varsity Club Established in 1954, the Indiana University Varsity Club enables student-athletes to receive a quality academic and athletic experience at Indiana University. Serving as the development arm of the IU Athletic Department, the Varsity Club leads fundraising efforts for annual scholarship support, endowment support and capital projects. Through involvement with the Varsity Club, alumni and friends are connected to the University to preserve and enhance the rich tradition of IU Athletics.
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