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Assembly Hall (Bloomington) (144679)


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Tough old (early 70's) continental....



Assembly Hall is a 17,456-seat arena on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. It is the home of the Indiana Hoosiers basketball teams. It opened in 1971, replacing the current Gladstein Fieldhouse. The court is named after Branch McCracken, the men's basketball coach who led the school to its first two NCAA National Championships in 1940 and 1953. Indiana installed a new state-of-the-art playing surface during the summer of 1995. The floor is the latest in court science, which includes added shock absorbers. The new floor also is permanent and covers the entire floor area. New bleacher seats were added, as well, along with a media row and end seating platforms on Lobby Level to give Assembly Hall a "new look".

The building has hosted the NCAA basketball tournament three times, with sub-regional games in 1977 and 1979, and the Midwest regional finals in 1981. In 1972, the Hall hosted games for the Indiana Pacers and the New York Nets during the American Basketball Association Championship.

On June 22nd 2007, Indiana University trustees approved the demolition of Assembly Hall and the construction of a new basketball arena "when appropriate." HOK Sports was hired to assess the benefits of renovating or replacing Assembly Hall. The trustees decided against renovating the stadium for $115 Million because construction of a new arena would cost $130 Million. Construction of the arena has not begun because funding has not been secured. Sources within the IU Athletic Department have said that the New Louisville Arena, Maryland's Comcast Center, Wisconsin's Kohl Center and the Mizzou Arena are being studied as possible blue prints for the Hoosiers' new arena.

Unused 4" x 6" continental size chrome postcard.

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