North End Zone Open for Business
Aug. 3, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The wait is over. After a weekend of moving boxes and organizing new offices, the Indiana Department of Athletics moved into the North End Zone facility. To view a photo gallery of the move click here.
The 138,000-square-foot facility features bowl seating with an outdoor club seating area that encloses the North end of Memorial Stadium. A new weight room, staff offices, position meeting rooms, administration offices and Hall of Champions highlight the interior of the structure and addresses several critical needs for not only the football program, but the entire department of athletics.
At the lower level sits the most impressive feature of the new facility, a 25,000-square-foot weight room - the largest in the nation. It is nearly five times the size of the previous weight room and all Hoosier varsity sports will have access to the center.
"There is no question that this creates a whole new environment, and it is something that we've probably been behind, but we have it now. It is really first class," head football coach Bill Lynch said. "It is a huge commitment to our current players. It is a commitment to our alums and fans and football at Indiana. That really carries over into recruiting. When a recruit comes onto campus now and sees it. There is a wow factor. That translates into commitment.
"The other thing that I think is really impressive is that everything that is done is really for the student-athlete. You figure with 25,000 square feet of weight room, you can develop young guys with that facility. Along with that, there will be 22,000 square feet of academic support center. That is showing a commitment to academics and trying to help on that side of it, too. There are just a number of features that I think day in and day out are going to help the program."
The Hoosier players will get the opportunity to enjoy their new digs this week. IU opens its preseason camp on Friday, Aug. 7. Freshmen and transfers report Wednesday, Aug. 5, while the rest of the team reports Thursday, Aug. 6.
Indiana kicks off the 2009 campaign with its first-ever meeting against Eastern Kentucky at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. It marks the first Thursday game in Memorial Stadium's history and the first of six home games.
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