Indiana University Announces $110 Million Athletics Center in Downtown Indianapolis

Downtown Indianapolis 2023 (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a $110 million athletics center in downtown Indianapolis, aiming to boost the city’s sports district. The state-of-the-art facility will serve both the university and the local community, providing a new venue for significant indoor sporting events with a seating capacity currently lacking in the area, according to an IU press release.

The IU Indianapolis Athletics Center will span approximately 134,000 gross square feet and include seating for 4,500 spectators. It will feature a multipurpose arena, an auxiliary gymnasium, community gathering spaces, and around 16,000 square feet of office spaces. The facility will also have substantial athletics support areas.

Funding for the project includes $89 million in state appropriations, part of the state’s biennial budget for constructing an amateur sports facility, and $21 million from IU Indianapolis.

“The board’s action is a major step in making a transformative project possible,” said Pamela Whitten, president of Indiana University. “Thanks to strong financial support from state partners, this facility will contribute to the continued growth of IU Indianapolis as a nexus of activity for the city and the surrounding region. It will serve as a home for Jaguar sports, university activities, and events for organizations from Indiana and beyond.”

The center will house a basketball/volleyball court with seating for 4,500 patrons, locker rooms, training facilities, and offices for IU Indianapolis Athletics and select National Sport Governing Bodies. A significant portion of the seating will be retractable, allowing flexibility for various events, including collegiate and high school sports like volleyball and wrestling, as well as other recreational activities. The facility will also include concourse spaces, concessions, restrooms, storage, and mechanical/electrical spaces.

“The athletics center represents yet another way IU Indianapolis is connecting with the community,” said Latha Ramchand, chancellor of IU Indianapolis. “Combined with Indiana University’s proud tradition of excellence in athletics, this facility will open up a multitude of future opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to engage with our campus.”

“Indiana University prides itself on facilities that prioritize function while still offering innovative construction and beautiful design,” said Thomas Morrison, IU’s vice president for capital planning and facilities. “The athletics center will achieve each of these goals as it propels IU and the downtown community into its next chapter in hosting world-class amateur sporting events.”

The project will be located on the IU Indianapolis campus, immediately south of Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hall, home to the Herron School of Art + Design. It will be a new addition to the IU Indianapolis Sports District, complementing existing facilities like the IU Natatorium, National Institute of Fitness and Sport, Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium, and IU Indianapolis Softball Complex. The project will now move forward for further consideration and approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the State Budget Committee.

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