Indiana State pushing on with arena renovation plans

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Terre Haute officials say they will support Indiana State University's plan to spend $37.5 million in state money on renovating its basketball arena without waiting for funding for a larger project, including construction of an adjoining convention center.

The Vigo County Capital Improvements Board president said he'll send a letter to state officials supporting the university's request. The state appropriation had been dedicated toward a planned $75 million Hulman Center and convention center project.

Indiana State president Dan Bradley said the school will support local officials if they pursue the convention center project in the future, The Tribune-Star reported. But Bradley said the university can't afford to delay the arena renovations until convention center funding is lined up.

Renovation of the Hulman Center is estimated at $50 million. The 10,000-seat arena opened in 1973.

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