Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (Keaton Clark)
Backstory and Context
The Assembly Hall is well known as being one of the loudest venues in college basketball. Simon Skjodt, actually, Cindy Simon Skjodt is the namesake of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall after donating $40 million toward renovations in 2013. Those who visit Assembly Hall are likely to remember the 5 banners hanging on the north wall. They are all 5 NCAA National Championships, the other years being: 1976, 1981, 1987. There is a unique architecture by its design of steep sides.
A 2012 poll of four ESPN pundits ranked Assembly Hall 3rd in terms of best home-court advantages in the nation. Since opening for the 1971-72 season, the venue has been attended by over 6 million people. The men's team has been historically successful there, posting home winning streaks of 50 and 35 games. The Assembly Hall has been home to three national championships, 32 straight winning teams, and 12 conference champions. Hoosier fans have has the privilege of watching incredible basketball players such as Scott May, Isiah Thomas, Ted Kitchel, Steve Alford, Cody Zeller, and Victor Oladipo. The most famous and memorable shot in hoosier history was taken by Keith Smart to win the 1987 title, however the shot that shook the world at Assembly Hall most of all was in 2012 by Christian Watford over the #1 undefeated Kentucky Wildcats as Hoosier fans storm the court. Assembly Hall is the place for Bloomington as well as the whole state of Indiana can come together and enjoy the hysteria, pride, and success of Indiana Hoosier Basketball.
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“Indiana University.” Indiana University Athletics, 2020, iuhoosiers.com/facilities/simon-skjodt-assembly-hall-mens-and-womens-basketball/2.
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