In Game

The word to sum up attending a game at Assembly Hall is tradition. Tradition is the most important aspect of a Hoosiers basketball game, which you can see the moment you step foot into the hallowed halls of Assembly Hall. Everything from the in-game entertainment to the team’s uniform to the arena itself are traditional.

At Indiana, basketball is the primary focus of everyone in the arena, which you can tell by the lineup and play attitude on display. You won’t find any gimmicks here. There are no t-shirt cannons or mascots, and to put it simply you don’t need them in the basketball cathedral that is Assembly Hall. The game itself and the atmosphere it produces stands on its own and creates one of the most enjoyable experiences in college basketball.

Fans all over the state live and die with the Hoosiers basketball team, and as a result, the crowd is one of the most enthusiastic in the nation. You’ll hear cheers and chants throughout the game even when the Hoosiers are down. You’ll also have no problem starting a conversation with fellow fans as Hoosiers fans are among the nicest in the country and love to talk basketball.

Assembly Hall may not be as flashy as some other arenas, but that doesn’t mean you won’t experience one of the best atmospheres in college basketball when attending a Hoosiers game.

Things to check out

Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall itself is a must see for college basketball fans everywhere. There are few more historic and beloved venues than Assembly Hall, so arrive early and take it all in when attending a Hoosiers basketball game.

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Hanging at the ends of Assembly Hall are banners commemorating the Hoosiers five national championships. Take a peek at these banners to remember all of the greatest players and teams in Indiana history, including the undefeated 1976 team.

Mop Lady

Indiana’s mop lady tradition dates back to the mid-1970s when State Farm Indiana Legends created an ad featuring a woman sweeping the floor of Assembly Hall. The ad quickly became a part of the Hoosiers pregame ritual, and today you can see the mop lady in action right before the Hoosiers take the court. Don’t miss this tradition when attending a game at Assembly Hall.

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William Tell Overture

The Indiana pep band plays the William Tell Overture during the third time-out of the second half of every game. While the band plays, the cheer squad runs around with flags creating quite the sight to behold. Stay in your seat during the third time-out of the second half and take in this incredible tradition.

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Crimson Guard

Despite the Hoosiers incredible basketball history, Indiana was one of the last school in the Big Ten to have a designated student section. In 2009, when Tom Crean arrived he created the Crimson Guard, which has quickly become one of the most raucous student sections in the nation.

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Candy Striped Pants

Over the years, Indiana’s candy striped pants have become a part of the team’s signature look. The team has been wearing this style of warm up pants since the 1970s so take a minute to enjoy Indiana’s classic look.

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Another uniform related tradition for the Hoosiers is the fact the team wears plain jerseys with no name on the back. Similar to the team’s candy striped pants, this iconic look is a big part the Indiana basketball look.

Fight Songs

  1. Indiana, our Indiana

    Indiana, our Indiana
    Indiana, we’re all for you!
    We will fight for the cream and crimson
    For the glory of old IU
    Never daunted, we cannot falter
    In the battle, we’re tried and true
    Indiana, our Indiana,
    Indiana we’re all for you! I-U!

    “Indiana Fight”

    Fight for the Cream and Crimson,
    Loyal sons of our old I. U.
    Fight for your Alma Mater,
    and the school you love so true.
    Fight for old Indiana,
    See her victories safely through,
    For the glory of old I. U.!

  2. Indiana Fight

    Fight for the Cream and Crimson,
    Loyal sons of our old IU
    Fight for your Alma Mater,
    and the school you love so true.
    Fight for old Indiana,
    See her victories safely through,
    For the glory of old IU.

  3. Hail to Old IU

    Come and join in song together,
    Shout with might and main;
    Our beloved Alma Mater,
    Sound her praise again.
    Gloriana Frangipana, E’er to her be true.
    She’s the pride of Indiana,
    Hail to Old IU!

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