Jan. 4, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In the first construction project of the IU department of athletics' Facility Enhancement Plan, demolition has begun on the bleachers behind the north end zone of Memorial Stadium. The $55 million plan, which includes construction of the Indiana Basketball Development Center and new baseball and softball stadiums in addition to the North End Zone Project, was approved by trustees on Sept. 22, 2006.
"In facilities work we often hear the expression that `it's not real until they're hanging steel,'" Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities Jack Garrett said. "In this particular case, we're just happy that the demolition process has started. It's a sign of bigger and better things yet to come and, before you know it, we will be hanging steel."
The Memorial Stadium North End Zone Project will house a new, state-of-the-art strength development area used by more than 600 Indiana student-athletes. In addition, coaches' offices and meeting space for the football program, a Hall of Honor which will spotlight successful student-athletes and teams throughout the history of IU athletics and administration offices will be a part of the plan. The project also calls for the removal of the north and south end zone bleachers.
Architectural plans call for the Indiana basketball teams to have a new facility to call home. The Indiana Basketball Development Center will serve as the daily headquarters for the men's and women's programs, featuring practice courts, locker rooms, coach's offices and meeting rooms for each team, as well as a training room and strength development area. The addition of the center will alleviate overcrowding issues encountered in the current facility.
The Student Development and Compliance unit at Indiana University will relocate as a part of the facilities plan, moving from a modest 2,500 square foot space in Assembly Hall to a spacious and renovated 18,000 square foot area located on the east side of Memorial Stadium. Classrooms, private tutoring space, study areas, computer labs and staff offices will all be housed in the Academic Center for Excellence.
The final component of the facilities upgrade involves the construction of the Hoosier Baseball and Softball Complex, just north of the Mellencamp Pavilion and Indiana Tennis Center. Both stadiums will feature a state-of-the-art playing surface, press box, indoor batting cages and bullpens. Likewise, the baseball and softball projects will include new locker rooms and offices adjacent to the stadiums. These upgrades will position IU to host future Big Ten and NCAA post season play, as well as elite amateur tournaments.
The estimated $55 million in planned construction will be paid for from two primary sources. Bonds will be issued guaranteed by revenue from department of athletics operating budget, including media rights income, distributed from the Big Ten. The remainder of the funds necessary to complete the projects will be generated through an aggressive fundraising campaign, allowing IU to achieve the margin of excellence that will enable them to compete with institutions at the conference and national level.