Indiana-Iowa game postponed after piece of metal falls on seats at Assembly Hall

UPDATE: Here’s video from ESPN showing the beam falling into the seating area.

UPDATE: IU will have a press conference at 7 p.m. to discuss the situation at Assembly Hall. Fred Glass and Tom Crean are expected to be available.

From Indiana athletics

Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass has announced that tonight’s Big Ten men’s basketball game between Iowa and Indiana will be postponed as a result of a piece of metal falling from the ceiling into seats in the lower bowl.

Roughly 6 1/2 hours before gametime, a metal facing (roughly eight feet long by 14 inches wide), fell and damaged seats in the lower part of Section F, which is located in the northwest corner of the building.

“Safety is our No.1 priority,” noted Glass. Our University engineers have advised us to postpone events in Assembly Hall until it can be determined what caused the facing to fall and ensure the safety of everyone attending an event in the facility.”

The rescheduling of the Iowa contest and the status of tomorrow night’s women’s game with Michigan will be determined as soon as possible.

UPDATE: A statement from Iowa athletic director Gary Barta

“Obviously, we are disappointed tonight’s game had to be cancelled. Fran and his team are in contention for a Big Ten title and were looking forward to the opportunity to getting back on the court. The most important part of this equation is safety. We are in full support of Indiana’s decision to postpone the game based on the issues with Assembly Hall. Coach McCaffery and his team are returning from Indiana tonight. We are working with Indiana Athletic Director Fred Glass and the Big Ten Conference to determine when and, possibly, where to play the game.”

17 comments

  1. We’ve been hearing for the past week that the sky is falling in Bloomington, and today, it really did. Glad there were no fans in the arena.

  2. Here’s another link to the video:

    ttp://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:10478217

    Wow…That could have killed somebody.

  3. There is no appropriate joke for that. Very, very scary. And I love the Hall. But this really makes you wonder about that building going forward.

  4. They say timing is everything. Thankfully the timing was what it was when nobody was there. That is a one dead – 4-8 injured scenario if there ever was one.

  5. Somewhere, Eli Holman is relieved that he was replace by a random piece of metal as the source causing the most damage to Assembly Hall.

    The family of the potted plant that was destroyed could not be reached for comment.

  6. I’m no expert on video analysis, but it sure looks like that “facing plate” is longer than 8 feet. I’d say closer to 12 feet.

    It appears the facing plate extends the total width of 6 seats as it comes to final rest between the rows…You gotta figure at least 2 feet(including spacing) for each seat, bringing the length closer to 12 ft. That was one big hunk of metal.

  7. Fred Glass has just announced a ‘$5.00 Hoosier Hardhat Day’ followed by a heavy metal band….Details to follow.

  8. ‘The Pearly Gates Daily’ is reporting that Tom Crean was begging the heavens for some immediate backup post presence.

  9. Any truth to the rumor that Tom Crean was seen up in the rafters earlier today?

    Looks like the $40 million donation is coming at the right time.

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