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IUPUI to move men's hoops to fairgrounds Coliseum

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The IUPUI men’s basketball program will begin hosting its home games in the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum in its 2014-15 season, after the facility undergoes a 22-month, $63 million renovation.

School and fairgrounds officials announced the five-year deal Thursday at the Coliseum.

"This is truly coming back to the future," said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz, noting that IUPUI played in the Coliseum in the 1970s. "This is a huge step forward for our program."

IUPUI called the Coliseum home intermittently between 1975 and 1979. The Div. I team currently plays its games in the IUPUI Gymnasium, nicknamed The Jungle. Located at 901 W. New York St., the gym seats about 1,215.

Renovation of the 74-year-old Coliseum began last year and is expected to end in mid-2014. Upon completion, the Coliseum will seat 6,841 guests for basketball and include fully renovated locker rooms, a suspended state-of-the-art ribbon video board, and hospitality options throughout fully updated concourses.

IUPUI will have a team store in the Coliseum, providing another revenue stream for the fairgrounds and the athletic program. The school also will have the option of playing some women's basketball games at the Coliseum.

 

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  • You're right
    IUPUI is not Louisville thank God!
  • whoops
    *now I'm sure IUPUI is NOT comparable
  • U of L and UK
    UofL still play all their games off campus at a state of the art downtown arena. The University of Kentucky also plays all their games of campus at a downtown arena which is about to get about 300 million in upgrades--now I'm sure IUPUI is a comparable to these 2 schools but they do play off campus.
    • spaces
      At IUPUI I would assume that that far more students drive to class than walk. As bad as parking is on campus few would come down there to watch a basketball game. Getting students without a car to the fairgrounds is an easier task than getting students with a car to campus.
    • Good one, John Coleman
      John Coleman - I can't believe I have to explain this, but IUPUI is not Louisville. Lest you are offended with my response, you brought it up, Pal.
      • Spend, Spend, Spend!
        OK, so the state shells out millions to rehab an obsolete building and then finds an accomplice in yet another taxpayer funded customer with no accountability to help pay for it. Once again, Indiana's taxpayers foot the bill for officially sanctioned stupidity. Look around, Indiana. The state is 44th in unemployment. The city is full of empty homes. You can pretend all you want. We are failing dramatically.
      • Good Move
        I think that this is the best thing that has happened to the program in some time. This will help them establish more of a fan base with northside residents as well as draw fans from Hamilton County. Remember that U of L Cardinals also played all of their games until recently off-campus at the state fairgrounds in Louisville.
        • Better than the alternative
          I agree the venue will be way too large at this point but it sure beats playing in a middle school'esque gym. Lets be honest, sports just aren't the focus of IUPUI, maybe that is a good thing in terms of what the students are paying for when they come to campus - education.
        • IPFW
          Funny how IPFW is moving there home games back to campus.
        • Address the real problem
          IUPUI needs to address the real problem and that's the facilities on campus are dated and need an overhaul. Build something on campus. How many years since the jungle has had any major improvements? This campus could be the ultimate urban campus for the modern college of the future.
        • Hmmm
          I'm glad the coliseum will have a tenant but I wonder if this was a solution without a problem for IUPUI. I've limited experience going to Jaguar games but it was never packed when I did go. I can't imagine they really need the extra space the coliseum provides. Additionally, this is not convenient for students, especially those without a car. I do think it will help with recruiting and perception as their current home was smaller than many high school gyms around the state. Perhaps it will provide a goldfish-type effect and they will grow to fill their new tank.
          • Cavernous
            That is going to be one big empty building for a while...if it helps build a fan base and recruiting to play there then great...but it is mighty roomy for Jaguars right now.

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