The REAL Assembly Hall

Posted: March 23, 2013 by MissLane8 in IU Mens Basketball
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Indiana’s own Assembly Hall is ranked 3rd in the nation for home court advantage and has consistently made the top 15, with several top 5 appearances, for attendance since it opened in 1971.

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve complained about the design. If you’re too high up on the main level you can’t see the big screen. If you’re too far in the corner you feel detached and left out.

But it sure is loud.

Assembly Hall was designed to have as many people sitting on the sides as possible for better viewing. No one wants those awkward corner seats where your eyes play tricks on you and you can never actually tell where the ball is.

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With seats mainly on the sides, they had to be steep to make as much room for fans as possible. The balcony is up there, way up there.

Some complain balcony seats leave you out of the action, that they’re too far away. While for smaller games the crowd up there can seem, well, apathetic, the bird’s eye view is a nice change.

It’s cool to be able to see formations and plays that you don’t catch on floor level.

There wasn’t advertising in the hall until 2005. Bob Knight was among those trying to keep it out, he viewed Assembly Hall as a “sacred place” for athletes to play and students to come cheer on their team. He didn’t want that corrupted by advertising.


Over time the home of Indiana Basketball has indeed became sacred. Because behind the south basket hangs the 5 national championship banners along with numerous other awards and achievements.

Because this is the REAL Assembly Hall.

Photo by K. Lane

Photo by K. Lane



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