IU’s new multipurpose arena to be named Wilkinson Hall

Indiana’s new venue for volleyball and wrestling has a name.

The university announced Thursday that its new multipurpose arena will be called Wilkinson Hall in recognition of a $10 million gift from IU alumnus Jay Wilkinson.

Wilkinson’s donation will help provide funding for the construction of the arena, which is expected to be finished in September 2018. The total cost of the project is $17 million.

The arena will be located next to Cook Hall, with its main entrance facing 17th street. The facility will have a 3,000-set capacity.

“Consistent with the university’s master plan, this state-of-the-art, indoor, multipurpose arena will bring volleyball and wrestling back to the athletics campus, support year-round training for all of our students, and improve campus life with increased student fan accessibility for volleyball and wrestling matches,” IU President Michael McRobbie said in a statement. “We are deeply grateful to Jay Wilkinson for this remarkable gift and for his longstanding support of IU’s student-athletes.”

In 2012, a donation from Wilkinson provided operating resources and equipment for the weight room in IU’s North End Zone facility, which is named the W. Jay and Nancy Wilkinson Performance Center.


  1. SEZ, Wilkinson Hall, total site overhaul and development of the golf course, that’s a lot going on. Good for IU and AD Glass for continued toeing to the B1G mark.

  2. Really looking forward to this venue, my wife and I do drive to Bloomington for volleyball usually a couple of times a year. The current facility leaves quite a bit to desired. Nice to know that our improving team will have this outstanding facility in the future and as we all know, a venue like this will most definitely improve recruiting. Go Hoosiers!!

  3. I know several people have mixed emotions about Fred Glass, but there is no denying his commitment to upgrading the IU athletic facilities. Absolutely amazing job and much needed.

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