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Assembly Hall

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Pages 6-10 of the October 1971 issue of the Indiana Alumni Magazine mention several facts about the new building: 1) 60,500 cubic yards of earth and 12,000 cubic yards of rock were removed to make way for Assembly Hall. 2) The building weighs 127 million pounds, with 2,700,000 pounds in the roof alone 3) The building would contain a sound system with more than 100 speakers, 11 concession stands, 32 restrooms and a cafeteria to serve 250 persons. 4) The building is a "cast-in-place" concrete structure containing nearly 30,000 cubic yards of concrete, 7,000,000 pounds of reinforcing steel and 1,300,000 pounds of structural steel. 5) In one day the basketball floor can be removed and a 108x54 foot portable stage can be installed. 6) For basketball games 17,500 fans could be accommodated. For events using the stage, 18,500. The first event of any kind held at Assembly Hall was the "Homecoming Show" held on October 23, 1971 following the Homecoming football game against Northwestern. The event was a variety show featuring Bob Hope, Petula Clark, Al Cobine & his Orchestra, and the Singing Hoosiers directed by Robert Stoll. A capacity crowd of 18,000 attended. Gary Todd was the Master of Ceremonies and Allen White was in charge of technical production and lighting. The program for the event described Assembly Hall as, in part: "As part of the 15oth Birthday Fund...Assembly Hall received $420,382 in gifts from alumni and friends...Designed as an all-events building, Assembly Hall is an auditorium...a theater...and is a site for conventions, exhibits and conferences. It includes classrooms for the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; offices for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics...A dining room seating 250 and conference rooms...broaden its capacity to serve campus, town and state...Assembly Hall fulfills a long-time need for a facility that will comfortably seat a larger portion of the University's growing student body and to schedule cultural, educational and entertainment events for larger audiences. By solving its own problems of a large-capacity building, Indiana University has provided the entire state with a community center for events of broad public interest." The first basketball game was held on December 1, 1971 vs. Ball State University. IU won 84-77. Assembly Hall and the Branch McCracken Memorial Basketball Floor were dedicated on December 18, 1971 during a game vs. Notre Dame. IU won 94-29.

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Kodak Safety Film - Kodak Tri X Pan Film

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Athletic Department

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Indiana University

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Assembly Hall (1971)










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Seventeenth Street


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