IU announces plans for new athletics facilities

One of the worst-kept secrets in Bloomington is finally confirmed. Indiana University’s athletics campus is about to undergo a major facelift.

Athletic director Fred Glass announced Sunday a new capital campaign geared toward facility expansion and renovation on IU’s 17th street athletics campus. The campaign is focused on four key areas, including the renovation of Assembly Hall, the construction of the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology, the enclosure of Memorial Stadium’s South End Zone and a new indoor arena for wrestling and volleyball.

If fundraising allows, IU will also pursue renovations for the golf course and Armstrong Stadium. It’s expected that each of these projects will be completed no later than IU’s Bicentennial year of 2019-20.

The fundraising campaign has a goal of $170 million — $124 million of which has already been raised, Glass said. Half of that $170 million target will go toward scholarships, while the other $85 million will be allocated for capital projects.

“This is a very significant milestone,” Glass said. “A lot of work has gone into getting us to this point. Of course, we have more work to do, but we have the official stamp of approval from the university administrators and the trustees to move forward with these projects. I’m extremely confident all of them will become a reality.”

The $50 million construction project on the South End Zone will begin after the upcoming football season and is expected to be completed in time for the 2018 season. By enclosing the end zone, IU will secure a new home for academic counseling and its sports nutrition department. The facility upgrades will also allow IU to upgrade and renovate the existing IU football locker room.

While Glass expects a negligible increase to Memorial Stadium’s current capacity of 52,929 — perhaps 200-300 new seats — the focus of the project is centered on expanding the department’s facility options.

“The most important thing is what’s going to be going on inside the building,” Glass said. “It’s very student-athlete focused. There will be a wellness clinic with all of our docs and athletic trainers and nutritionists and psychologists. It’ll be a one-stop shop.”

Due to construction on the south end of the stadium, IU will remove the jumbotron in the south end zone and install a new one on the north side. Upon completion of the project, that jumbotron will remain in place and the university will also add a new jumbotron in the south end zone. Knothole Park will also be displaced, but Glass said he hopes that a new location can be found.

The indoor arena represents the long-awaited replacement for IU’s outdated University Gym facility. The new multi-purpose, 3,000-seat venue is expected to cost $15 million and will be located at the corner of 17th street and Fee Lane.

The next phase of IU’s Assembly Hall ongoing renovation is also on the horizon. In the coming weeks, IU will install a new scoreboard and add new and remodeled restrooms and concession stands, among a list of other improvements.

The $5 million Cuban Center, meanwhile, will be built in the west side of Assembly Hall and open contemporaneously with the new Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this fall.

As far as the remaining projects, IU’s golf course renovations are expected to cost $11 million and its completion is dependent on securing a lead gift. With a new IU Health Bloomington Hospital planned to be built next door, Glass said the current driving range will have to be relocated to the site of the current par-3 course.

“We’ll take the remaining footprint and make a world-class destination, signature golf course,” Glass said.

Armstrong Stadium renovations are expected to cost $6 million. This part of the project is also dependent on the university securing a lead gift.

In recent years, Indiana officials have spoken openly about the university’s plans for growth and expansion on its athletic campus.

In October 2014, IU football coach Kevin Wilson initially revealed plans to enclose the south end zone of Memorial Stadium. Months earlier, Glass went on a radio program and discussed his intention to eventually oversee a plan to replace U-Gym with a new facility to serve IU’s wrestling and volleyball teams. The goal there has long been to move those programs closer to the central athletic campus on 17th street.

Now, that plan is moving into action.

To assist with the campaign, Glass has appointed a steering committee of volunteer co-chairs, including Quinn Buckner, Jeff Cohen, Kem Hawkins, Steve Henke, Ned Pfau, Wayne Radford, Larry Rink, Tom Rush and Cindy Simon Skjodt, according to a release.

Glass has also appointed honorary co-chairs — each of whom is a former IU athlete. That list include’s volleyball’s Ashley Benson, track and field’s Derek Drouin, football’s Trent Green, men’s basketball’s Victor Oladipo, three-sport star Antwaan Randle El and men’s basketball’s Cody Zeller.

35 comments

  1. Will Harvard be invited to ceremonially spread caustic remarks, er, chemicals on the grass at Knothole Park to soften up the ground for the construction groundbreaking in the south end zone?

  2. It is good to see IU keeping up with top school on athletics and doing it with donations instead of tax money. I wish my family was in a position to contribute but I encourage IU sports fans with enough disposable income to donate and gets this done. It will be nice to have the stadium enclosed and one day in the future maybe their will be teams so good that fans fill the stadium with more wanting to come to games. Then maybe the enclosed South end will add much more seating but we are far from there right now.

  3. We have a basketball coach who has been paid in excess of 30 million dollars for ‘Sweet 16’ excellence.

    We have a one bowl(a low tier bowl at that) football coach making his own mega millions who is now on his third go-around with a new DC and set of defensive ‘experts.’ All this freshly printed millions in salary thrown around for a football coach/team most recently going 2-6 in conference play.

    Here’s an idea….Quit asking fans to open their checkbooks while paying grotesque salaries to coaches that schedule soft and can’t get beyond mediocrity in March(hoops) or low tier bowls(football) played in high-priced cities far too expensive fr long-suffering Memorial fans already bankrupt from the years of paying to watch mediocrity
    What disgusting arrogance to ask dollars out of hard-working Hoosier Americans always slapped in the face by corporate greed.. How do they even remain loyal while watching such inequity in the world…as they witness blase coaches getting insane salaries to do little but achieve average and uninspiring results on the big stages of the game…?

    Here’s an idea…Ask the overpaid AD and his so-called coaches to open their checkbooks and pay for remodeling and “upgrades”…We’ll pay them back when they start matching all their glorious accolades and praises with going to Final Fours and Rose Bowls.

    One thing I learned from a very smart businessman is to never talk down to your customers…Don’t make them feel cheap or unworthy your grand product. It’s one of the most disrespectful things you can do…especially to customers that have been so very loyal to your store in the face of some of your own slip-ups and lack of appreciation for their continued support’/business.

    So many families are pressed for disposable dollars at the end of each month…So pathetic to see people talk down to their steadfast faith and support while throwing millions at the coaches and leadership who have given very little in return. And no matter where the dollars are found(rich corporate funds pumped form business tycoons in Indy, Cuban, Cook, etc), you will still have empty stadiums when you demean the average paying customer who has done plenty to keep the greed machines running and the new BMW in the coach’s driveway.

  4. Harvard, the push for dollars is for the well to do that have money to push for this project. If average fans want to contribute they can but people like Cook company, Cuban, Mellencamp, along with others not so well known are the ones that need to step up.

    I don’t have inside knowledge to see that IU needs to have coaches that can upgrade the programs. I happen to think Coach Wilson is showing that he is upgrading the program but it is a struggle to rise up against the top programs in the country. IUFB showed this past year they are close to beating those programs but the team came up short in those games often due to their defense. I hope this third DC is the answer to put a defense on the field to compliment the #1 offense the team put on the field last year. I know Coach Allen from our High school coaching days [I am sure he forgets me now as he has been in college ball for a decade] and I do know his style fits with what Coach Wilson wants the team to play like. I think the enthusiasm and coaching the details will make a difference along with Coach Allen being on the field during the games.

    I don’t get into the bball news other than to keep track of the team. I do know that coach Crean has had time to have his players on the team and other than the regular seasons this year they have under performed. Coach Wilson had his first team full of his recruits this year and despite coming up short in the big games I was pleased at how they played; I am still mystified about the Rutgers game. To Coaches credit he recognized the defensive shortcomings and went out to get the coach he wanted instead of who he had to settle for. I hope this year shows the program is still moving forward getting wins others don’t think they will win. 2017 recruiting is showing that player recognize IU is a place to go and if they can win like they should plus a few wins they pull off then 2017 recruiting will move the program forward.

  5. v13,
    You tend to have rational opinions supported by personal experience. You obviously know more about football than possibly any other Scoop regular. Because of that you will surely become a target of the Scoop lunatic fringe.

    Here’s how you know when you’re stirred up a crazy. They will start trying to link you to Donald Trump for no particular reason. No reason, it’s just the harshest concept they can come up with. It doesn’t matter if your Dad is Bernie Sanders. It’s stupid, I know.

    Thanks again for your well reasoned and thoughtful commentary. Most long posts on this site I rarely read past the first paragraph as they tend to repeat themselves. I always peruse your entire posts. They are worth the effort.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  6. Basketball is our only pathway to restoring national relevance, v-13…I know this to be true…I really do know.. .The Establishment really do know, too. I know this is why the give COY awards to our b-ball coach in the know…You know what I mean?

  7. Bart, Agree with your fan/alumni donations framing. h4h wants everyone to believe it is personal as to how it affects him. As if Glass/IU betrayed him into providing his debit card acc’t. #. Finally his juvenile and monotonous diatribe is wearing thin on Scoop bloggers as more of you are reacting negatively to his BS.

  8. 1 thing is for cetain HC has repeatedly put his $ where is mouth is and h4h will never know for certain that destination. BS diatribe is bargain basement economics.

  9. Take all the personal shots you like, Harv. You’ve gone after my kids, my wife, my place of residence, any other personal thing you think might draw my ire. But it doesn’t. You’re just a sad person. I used to feel sympathy for you but you just want to suck people in so that you can take a cheap shot at their family, etc., when you think they don’t expect it. The thing is, everyone on the Scoop expects it. It’s all you do.

    I’ve tried to interact with you in a civil manner, friendly even, but you just have a little too much poison stored up to make that possible. I’m just going to ignore your posts (and those under your other mastheads) completely. There’s no reason to read them. They are all just personal attacks on one person or another. None of it is original. We’ve all read it before.

    Twice in the past couple weeks you’ve come clean and admitted you were doing nothing more than spewing bile. You apologized to all and said you’d stay off the Scoop until after the tournament…or until March is through…or whatever. Ten minutes later you have 22 new posts. It’s both sad and laughable. If you seriously were going to take a hiatus you wouldn’t announce it, you’d just do it. Unfortunately, ‘doing’ does not seem to be your forte.

    I’ll continue to comment about sports. Occasionally, I may comment on a personal note that someone may make. I’ll try to be civil because I’m not a miserable person. I appreciate what life has tossed my way. You’ll never hear me while about it. I have enough to make me happy. I don’t need to try to suck the happiness out of others.

    I’ll never read your verbal assaults again.

    I tried. This is all on you.

  10. ves13- Do you think there will be a point in the next decade or so that the NCAA will have a very difficult time defending/funding/promoting the game of college football? Can they afford to take the economic risk of potential lawsuits given the recent admissions by top NFL execs in front of Congress concerning brain disease and its link to the brutal repeatedly head blows…Will college football continue to not only be a “good investment,” but one of “ethical investment” via al truth for the well-being of the youth that must buy into the product for future sustainability?

    Will the game have to be fully privatized with numerous waivers signed by those participating? Can it survive within the public realm of amateur athletics with growing evidence that the behemoth size and forces(to remain “competitive”) being built into the ‘gladiator’ mentality will leave growing percentages with Swiss cheese brain tissue?

    Do you think there is any correlation with the timing to remove Knothole Park given the implications of modeling this sport toward children within the backdrop of contradictions(health and longevity of sound mind) and hunger for dollars that funnel into other sports? Shouldn’t a healthy mind be the first and foremost concern of our academic institutions? Why should we care if kids get 19 F’s if we are throwing so much money at a sport that will ultimately destroy the ability to think for growing percentages as more and more evidence comes forth? Has the sport reached the point(encouraged by PED’s, excessive bulking up, and adding impact forces greater than being hit more than a heavyweight boxer without headgear) of irresponsible amateur promotion?

    It seems the recent admissions by the NFL serve as one giant waiver…..But does that work at the amateur level and is it ethical to keep selling this sport as something safe and family friendly? More and more big NFL names seem to be deciding to call it quits early as well….Rather telling especially within the context of all the dollars that can be spent to offer the best-of-best head protection in the NFL..

    Where does this sport even go over the next decade as the evidence that tips toward a side irresponsibly giving flippant regard to the risks becomes overwhelming…?

    1. Once again, I’ll take a moment to remind you folks to debate point and counter point all you want, but do not make it personal. Just because someone has a different opinion or worldview does not make them an imbecile, jerk or punching bag. It’s easy to get high and mighty from the keyboard, but the flesh and bone isn’t so different at all.

  11. Hope you get back to me, ves-13…

    Would value your opinion on the head trauma issues(elephant linebacker in the room) as it pertains to the future sustainability of college football(and h.s. for that matter) and the ethical pursuits desired for public institutions which should first and foremost put mind and health above hunger for dollars. Legal ramifications included….

  12. I’ve never once felt as if Chet was ever being anything other than standup as he shared about his life ’round these parts. I’ve always appreciated his more human contributions to discussions around here.

  13. Yeah, I don’t know how you confused me with Double Down.

    Carry on….

    Maybe when you children get some time, you’ll think about the post referencing college football’s sustainability with the new head trauma admissions coming from the NFL. Don’t strain anything,,,..unless it’s spaghetti….I actually don’t strain spaghetti…I just use a wide slotted spatula and take it right from the water to an adjoining large skillet containing some delicious sauteed ingredients for completion. It’s a very simple step and you avoid carrying hot water to the sink….The pasta water in the spatula transfer method will only add a nice binding of moisture to your small amount of stock, wine, parmesan(Reggiano, of course),, light marinara, etc already in your skillet

    ves13- Take care….You should put a call into Allen…Don’t underestimate yourself and his memory of you. A door may open…..

  14. H4H, it isn’t like we were friends when Allen and I were coaching in high school but knew each other through championship teams. If his memory is like mine he may not remember where I coached as it has been 20 years since coaching a championship team for me.

    As far as the concussion issue the problem is different in college from the NFL Game. There are as many concussions in soccer due to using their heads to impact the ball but soccer injuries don’t garner the news like football does in this country. The NFL could eliminate a lot of the problems [by no means all concussions] if the taught players to hit and tackle without using their helmets as a weapon. One big issue with the concussion problem is some players are more prone to them while others have little or no problem with concussions. It is a complex problem that our military people have to deal with along with many jobs people have IE firefighters, miners, etc along with athletes in sports with some contact. People have to decide if what they gain from football is worth the possibility of dealing with brain issues down the road. Do I think the NCAA will continue to have football in college athletics, yes I do but think they need to set aside a % of TV money every year for contingencies in the future. It is hard to tell what direction our society will take but enough money is made to keep it going for the foreseeable future.

    Chet,thanks for your comment about my posts.

  15. ves13-

    That seems like an answer I would expect from a football coach…I don’t think you can compare soccer ball impact with the head to the sort of repeated forces in football.
    I believe the game is in serious trouble at the amateur level…These are irreversible brain injuries and the admission by the NFL is a legal move Will amateur football get on board to project the same viewpoint that links the sport to such higher and higher risks to the brain? More science may inevitably reveal just how early some of that damage is occurring.

    Thanks nonetheless for your thoughts…

  16. Jeremy restored this comment but it was buried among old comments so I am putting it back on the surface.

    Take all the personal shots you like, Harv. You’ve gone after my kids, my wife, my place of residence, any other personal thing you think might draw my ire. But it doesn’t. You’re just a sad person. I used to feel sympathy for you but you just want to suck people in so that you can take a cheap shot at their family, etc., when you think they don’t expect it. The thing is, everyone on the Scoop expects it. It’s all you do.

    I’ve tried to interact with you in a civil manner, friendly even, but you just have a little too much poison stored up to make that possible. I’m just going to ignore your posts (and those under your other mastheads) completely. There’s no reason to read them. They are all just personal attacks on one person or another. None of it is original. We’ve all read it before.

    Twice in the past couple weeks you’ve come clean and admitted you were doing nothing more than spewing bile. You apologized to all and said you’d stay off the Scoop until after the tournament…or until March is through…or whatever. Ten minutes later you have 22 new posts. It’s both sad and laughable. If you seriously were going to take a hiatus you wouldn’t announce it, you’d just do it. Unfortunately, ‘doing’ does not seem to be your forte.

    I’ll continue to comment about sports. Occasionally, I may comment on a personal note that someone may make. I’ll try to be civil because I’m not a miserable person. I appreciate what life has tossed my way. You’ll never hear me whine about it. I have enough to make me happy. I don’t need to try to suck the happiness out of others.

    I’ll never read your verbal assaults again.

    I tried. This is all on you.

  17. OMG…If I could post all the insults aimed at NW Indiana, Chesterton, and the “white” cornfed references aimed at my home/residence(I think the recent one was something along the lines of calling it crap hole) …add in all the snide you’ve thrown at me in the last six months, Chet…? Wow…Add those references to the plethora I’ve had aimed at me in the form of manic…crazy…delusional…bigoted…etc, etc. etc.

    And most of it has come my way, not because of what I say about a fellow blogger, but because of my harsh opinions regarding what I often believe to be a IU administration built on backroom collusive arrangements(caddyshack committees) for those who hijacked programs to protect their own incompetence rather than succeed and “win’ for the fans and the betterment of a liberal and public institution as a whole….

    I hope you feel good about calling me a ‘sad’ human being while attempting to elevate yourself to the pure air found in those high mountaintops .. You should repost it once a week..Use it like a growth hormone for your small existence as you have repeatedly attempted to build yourself into something you are not while tearing me down: a quality compassionate human soul are you

  18. I’m here, saddened by the exchange, but quiet. Chet likes to misrepresent. He took my post of yesterday and posted a fabricated summary in two sentences. Then he dismissed it. Two weeks ago when I quoted IDS he again insulted me (or tried to). This is akin to telling him he’s a Drumpf supporter. I know he isn’t (but he acts like one) and look how worked up he is. Misrepresentation is nasty, isn’t it, Chet?

    I like how Harvard writes and come here often to read his posts. In my mind I consider him my friend. I hate when people jump on him and I find it very unfair. I defended him a couple of times (not that he ever needs any kind of defense) and things degenerated. What is it with this idea Chet that I am him or he has several “mastheads”? It’s sheer nonsense. I understand though it might seem that way to you and that’s the real misfortune here. On the bright side tomorrow at this time I’m sure we’ll have plenty of other things to debate and discuss. I hope you all have a good night.

  19. I’d like to see an attempt to eliminate the culture of HS contact FB in the states of Georgia, Florida, Ohio and Texas. You’d have a much better chance standing in the middle of an interstate highway and trip semis with your foot.

    h4h on this blog you’ve burnt your butt, repeatedly, now you set on it. Chet said it, “this is all on you”.

  20. True..

    Memorial is far ahead of the game and is poised to make the easiest transition to a culture absent of contact football. Hell, our defense has rarely gone a season where contact is the rule…

    I’ve watched dozens of games where even accidental contact is somehow, amazingly, avoided..

    .And if there is contact, our guys make sure to go with the forces rather than against…Very wise. .

    We could be a test subject for all of football! If more and more teams adopted our philosophy we could eliminate 98% of the risk associated of Swiss cheese on the brain.

    And the horrible glare from the ostentatious chrome helmets is also worth a closer study…The helmets may just create a ‘Funhouse Effect’ as each Hoosier bounces light off another Hoosier’s crowns of non-contact…The numerous reflected angles created may be causing just the right amount of glare to blind our tacklers from finding the back/receiver furthering the positive results in not taking full impact of a head-to-head/head-to-body shot…Glancing blows, once again, become the hallmark of a non-contact candy stripe game…’Candy Stripe Football‘ could become the new moniker for a once brutal game now safer than soccer and baseball. …thanks to Indiana.

    I’m by no means suggesting that all of h.s. and college football go to ‘flag’ models….What can and should be done is a way to find a compromise…Within Hoosier Football may be the hope of a ‘safe’ virtual world of contact without contact.

    My butt is burnt..? I actually think my ass is on fire!

  21. I believe Harvard and Yale have decided to ban all contact during practice. No tackling during practice at all.

  22. That’s interesting, Bart…Thanks for the input. So, obviously, there are already ramifications filtering into the college game..

  23. H4H, the reason I brought up soccer [not because I was a football coach] is from reading research from PU that said small hits add up like a few big hits. My son suffers from several concussions [once hit in the head by a discus thrown out of bounds during a track meet and several as a paratrooper in the Army] and has trouble with concentration, follow through, along with anger issues he didn’t have before. Most in NFL don’t have CTE due to concussions as it appears that some are far more acceptable to get it than others. Like I pointed out the NCAA would be diligent to set aside a % of TV money to deal with potential lawsuits in the future. Brain injuries are a big problem for many people due to their jobs, accidents, or activities.

  24. v13, You are correct. There have been quite a few recent studies of long term cognitive decline as a result of repeated blows to the head among participants in popular sports and the number one sport for such issues is…soccer. One study that caught my eye was done by a neurologist studying MRI results of large numbers of players and found a significant disparity between players who had hit fewer vs. greater than 1000 ‘headers’ over a season. That struck me a a huge number, particularly when it likely did not include practice.

    It is of note that the rate of concussions per sport is not the same as the rate of long term cognitive deficit secondary to TBI (traumatic head injury) per sport. That is, a person does not have to have had a concussion to have long term cognitive deficits. Death by a thousand cuts.

    As you alluded to, other factors, such as specific proteins in the brain, seem to have some correlation but it is not known how this plays into the function mechanism. Even alcohol appeared in enough test subjects to be statistically significant.

    The takeaway from all this is that the incidence of long term deficits is not as simple as having had a concussion or even a single severe blow to the head. Fortunately, it is of interest to a lot of people so it is likely to receive continued funding for research and not swept under the rug as so many low incidence maladies are.

  25. Mr. Miller’s answer Monday might serve the N.F.L. well, some legal experts said. It could make it harder in the future for a player to accuse the league of concealing the dangers of the sport.

    “Strategically, the N.F.L.’s admission makes a world of sense,” said Jeffrey A. Standen, the dean of the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. “The league has paid a settlement to close all the claims previous to 2015. For future sufferers, the N.F.L. has now effectively put them on notice that their decision to play professional football comes with the acknowledged risk of degenerative brain disease.”(courtesy: New York Times)

    Here is the issue, Bart. Will college football(and h.s. football organizations…e.g. IHSAA) make similar admissions to thwart future legal repercussions? As the science increases, will it be determined that the impact/forces to the head in football(a sport in which each successive year promotes the glorifying of the building of behemoth players often jacked up with growth hormones/PED;s/supplements to add to such explosive and violent hits beyond anything even seen in decades past) glaringly exceed any potential damage seen in all other sports? Will colleges and high schools be willing to take the legal risk? And if upon admission of causal relation to CTE, how does it become ethical to promote an amateur sport that extensively damages the brain to such vast numbers playing on football squads?

    And should society bear the cost of these long term injuries at publicly funded institutions(h.s. and college) where student-athlete is the model? Will football almost require privatization that releases it from legal and ethical concerns impacting all that fund sports at public institutions(directly or indirectly)?

    This admission by the NFL is only the beginning hit.to football…The blow to the sport has not even gone into the early first whiplash phase of repercussions to come. The admission may be very telling of the science to come….It suggests the NFL already knows the science to come and suspects more will be unveiled…Is this the point where the fast advances in unveiling neurological damage/detection be far too overwhelming for the drumbeat of denial to no longer survive as the fallback plan?

    The lawsuits will come….The sad reality is many public school systems will get increasing backlash as to who bares the expense to defend against future lawsuits? Millions upon millions to defend lawsuits while a teacher financially pinched attempts to keep his/her head on straight under increasing demands to teach young minds for fewer and fewer dollars…?

  26. Chet-

    Interesting post….

    That is, a person does not have to have had a concussion to have long term cognitive deficits. Death by a thousand cuts.

    I’m not sure where I heard it, but I do believe I remember a study(may have been part of the PBS Frontline Special) where the risk for brain injury may be greater to lineman because of the “thousand cuts” argument rather than the occasional big blow jolting the brain…
    It’s the repeated back-and-forth hits forming a massive amount of swashing the ‘floating brain’ akin to clothing in a washing machine forever on ‘heavy load agitation cycle’ that may prove to be even more damaging.

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