Indiana University basketball arena to open after face-lift

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Indiana University’s newly renovated basketball arena is set to reopen in time for the school’s homecoming football game.

The arena will open with a dedication Friday, and fans will be able to tour its north and west lobbies Saturday.

The Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall will be named for Indianapolis philanthropist and IU alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt, whose $40 million gift has helped fund a capital campaign throughout the athletic department.

The changes to the building include a new atrium, club-level amenities, replaced seats, and a sports media and technology center.

The arena’s new scoreboard is 500 square feet larger than its predecessor, which has been cut in half and placed on either side of the south atrium. It’ll be fully operational during basketball games.