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Univ. Of Illinois' $160M Assembly Hall Upgrades Include Premium Seating, New Entrance
Published March 29, 2013
ASSEMBLY'S AMENITIES: In Illinois, Mark Tupper notes Assembly Hall renovation plans include "a new overhanging video scoreboard and 'ribbon' scoreboards." There also will be "increased restrooms and concession areas," as well as "wider concourses on the lower level." Another upgrade will be "a 'grand' main entrance on the west side of the building that will include a Hall of Fame area, retail shop and ticket office." Other amenities include "new team locker rooms and new dressing rooms for theater and musical acts" on top of a "new sports medicine area and expanded meeting areas" (Decatur HERALD & REVIEW, 3/29). Illinois basketball coach John Groce said, "Our staff has been involved in the locker room design based on our experience of seeing other facilities and of bouncing ideas off one another. Let’s just say that in every phase or area of the building, we are not leaving one stone unturned. It’s going to be right up there among the best buildings in the country when it’s done" (Decatur HERALD & REVIEW, 3/29).