Memorial Stadium is the home of IU Football and a birthplace for Indiana traditions. With the completion of the North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center, it becomes the epicenter for IU Athletics and a source of pride for all students, alumni, and Hoosier fans.
With its two bold towers and expansive seating bowl, this 138,000-square-foot, multipurpose facility has already become a visible landmark on the IU Bloomington campus. As the new headquarters of Indiana Football, it also serves to represent a commitment to elevating IU Football with training facilities, staff and administrative offices, position meeting rooms, a team auditorium, and an underground walkway to practice fields.
At the heart of the new structure is a 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center, providing student-athletes in every varsity sport with access to essential weight training and cardio equipment. The North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center, in combination with a new 25,800-square-foot Academic Resource Center (to be located underneath the east side of the stadium in 2010) will create an innovative, unique complex for student-athletes. With training, administration, and academic support all housed in a single location, our 640 student-athletes will have access to the critical resources they need to excel in the classroom and on the field.
The North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center also serves as a gateway to Indiana University for fans and visitors. Enhancing the game day atmosphere on football Saturdays, this addition converts 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. It is also home to the Henke Hall of Champions, a multilevel entertainment space featuring beautiful hardwood floors, stunning wooden arches, floor-to-ceiling windows, and museum-quality displays (coming in February 2010). This unique banquet facility will enable Hoosier fans to gather for special events and to celebrate the past, present, and future of IU Athletics.
The North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center represents a path for the creation of new athletic legends and a place for Hoosiers, young and old, to discover the Glory of Old IU. This highly functional, yet elegant facility, was made possible thanks to the commitment and generosity of donors to the "For the Glory of Old IU" campaign, the first comprehensive capital campaign by the IU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. This five-year campaign has a goal of raising $80 million by June 2010 in private support for new and improved athletic and academic facilities, endowment, and ongoing annual support of student-athlete scholarships.
Ratio Architects and Moody-Nolan lead the architectural planning and design of the facility. The groundbreaking for the project occurred July 2007. The building was completed in August 2009.