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Assembly Hall Getting New Name After $40 Million Donation

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is being named in honor of alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt and her philanthropic organization, the Samerian Foundation.

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    Assembly Hall is home to the IU Hoosier's basketball team.

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    IU Athletics plans to renovate Assembly Hall.

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    Artist's rendering of the udpated Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Indiana University’s basketball arena is being renamed the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in honor of alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt and her philanthropic organization, the Samerian Foundation.

Skjodt donated $40 million to the Indiana University Athletics Department.

The gift, which is the largest in the athletic department’s history, will help launch IU Athletic’s $150 million capital campaign. IU President Michael McRobbie announced the gift Thursday.

“This extraordinary gift from Skjodt and her family will allow IU to preserve and improve one of the great venues in college athletics for the next generation of Hoosier basketball fans,” McRobbie said.

Funds from Skjodt’s gift will be used to renovate the 42-year-old basketball arena including luxury seating additions, restroom and concession renovations and a new atrium in the south lobby. The renovations could be complete as early as 2016.

Skjodt graduated from IU in 1980 and is currently the co-chair of the capital campaign

“I grew up going to Indiana University games and have great memories of watching basketball games with my father,” Skjodt said. “The atmosphere in Assembly hall is truly unmatched anywhere in college basketball.”

In addition to the Assembly Hall renovations, The campaign will also help provide improvements to other IU athletic facilities as well as support endowments and annual student-athlete scholarships.

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