What you need to know about getting to Assembly Hall this season
Nov. 11, 2015
Planning to attend a home men’s basketball game this year at Assembly Hall? IU Athletics officials are asking fans to have a little patience while construction continues on the university’s famed basketball arena.
Here’s what you need to know about the building’s renovation plan, how construction will affect game-day traffic as well as changes to the way fans enter and leave parking lots and access the building:
What’s going on?
Assembly Hall is undergoing a $35 million renovation, thanks to a gift from alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt. The project is expected to wrap up in fall 2016. It calls for updating bathrooms and concession stands; installing a new jumbotron with improved visibility across the facility; replacing metal railings with acrylic panels to improve safety and sightlines; adding premium seating; adding new escalators in the north and south lobbies; improving access for people with disabilities; construction of a new entryway and atrium in the south lobby; and rebuilding the arena’s infrastructure.
What’s happening now?
The Office of the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities reports new interior south-end bleachers with an accessibility platform above -- as well as new accessible parking and an accessible route at the north end of the building -- were completed in time for basketball season. Exterior work on the new south addition continues, with the foundation, grade beams, concrete foundation piers and first-floor columns completed. The main floor concrete floor slabs are about to be poured. Structural steel for the second floor and roof framing is expected to begin arriving at the end of November.
I’m coming to a game. What do I need to know?
Pre-game traffic pattern: Responding to input from fans, IU Athletics has changed the pre-game traffic pattern at the one-way eastbound intersection of Dunn and 17th streets. Cars traveling eastbound from Walnut on 17th Street will no longer have to turn right/southbound on Dunn and may travel eastbound on 17th Street to Walnut Grove. No traffic is allowed between Walnut Grove and Fee Lane. The traffic patterns takes effect one hour before tip-off. IU Athletics has published a map detailing the pre-game traffic patterns.
Getting inside: Once you’re parked and ready to find your seat, check out IU Athletics’ map showing building entry points and pedestrian traffic flow inside Assembly Hall.
Due to the construction, the south lobby will be closed for the duration of the season. IU Athletics will try to ease the consequential congestion in the North Lobby and on its ramps by allowing fans to use previously unused stairwells on the east and west sides of the building. These stairwells will be marked with large signs outside the building, and have ticket scanners and security personnel on hand to direct fans inside.
Post-game traffic pattern: Once the game is over, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with IU Athletics’ post-game traffic pattern.
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