The Indiana Hoosiers men’s and women’s basketball teams have called Assembly Hall home since 1971. The arena opened to replace Gladstein Fieldhouse and seats 17,222. Over the years, Assembly Hall has built up a reputation as one of the best venues in college basketball having been dubbed “the Carnegie Hall of basketball” by sportscaster Gus Johnson and being named the third best arena regarding home-field advantage by ESPN.
Since opening, Assembly Hall has undergone a few renovations. In 1995, the university added new bleacher seating and replaced the original playing court. Ten years later, a $1.9 million video board was added at center court. Then, in 2010, a new practice facility was built next to Assembly Hall. Most recently, Assembly Hall underwent a $40 million renovation in 2015 that remodeled the south lobby, added new restrooms, replaced the old scoreboard, and added new box-style seating above the south bleachers.
Assembly Hall has been the site of many memorable moments in Hoosiers basketball history as well as numerous other events. The arena is possibly most famous for being the scene of legendary coach Bob Knight’s chair throw on February 23, 1985. Assembly Hall has also hosted many concerts over the years featuring such acts as the Jackson 5, The Who, and The Dave Matthews Band. Additionally, many politicians have held campaign rallies at Assembly Hall including presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.