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Indiana Announces Upgrades To Memorial Stadium, No Plans For New Hoops Arena

Indiana Univ. AD Fred Glass yesterday announced new initiatives to enhance the game-day experience at Memorial Stadium, and said that the school "soon would supply details on a capital campaign," according to David Woods of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. A new basketball arena "is not on the agenda." Glass said he is “not an advocate” for replacing Assembly Hall, adding such a project would cost $300M and “suck the oxygen kind of out of everything else that we’re doing.” Glass said that if IU was "able to sell out every home football game" -- capacity is 52,929 -- the school could "double revenue for that sport" from around $4.5-5M to $10M. Glass said, “One of the reasons we’re about football is that’s where the money is. As great as basketball is going, it’s largely at capacity.” Among the changes at the stadium include "new flat-screen TVs in the concourse and an antenna system to improve cellphone reception" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 8/27).
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