Friday afternoon the new North End Zone at Memorial Stadium was formally dedicated. The ceremony renamed the new structure the North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center.
As several members of the platform party spoke in the new Hall of Champions, one message stood out – the north end zone shows how effectively the athletic department can work with the campus to benefit the university as a whole.
IU Athletic Director Fred Glass says that the end zone is open to hold IU sponosored events and community gatherings. On the sports side, IU football coach Bill Lynch expressed how the facility will help all of the 24 athletic programs prosper.
“It is something that I think each head coach here feels like its a great step that we can reach the goals that we have for our individual programs, ” said Lynch. “And make Indiana University athletically the best in the country, so I don’t want to step out of bounds but instead of go Hoosiers! I’m going to say this, beat the Buckeyes!”
Throughout the dedication, the excitement was building for the IU-Ohio State football game as well. In fact, the entire student section which expanded from 8,100 to 11,000 seats is sold out. And because of the high demand of tickets and the competitive game against Michigan, IU quarterback Ben Chappell understands the importance of this Big Ten duel.
“This is definitely what it’s about I think it’s always fun to play the best teams. And Ohio State’s one of the best teams in the Big Ten and they have been consistently, so it’s really going to be a blast.”