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Engineers Say Assembly Hall Ceiling Is Safe

After inspecting ceiling platings on Indiana University’s Assembly Hall, engineers say the ceiling is safe and the rest of the scheduled basketball games be played in the arena.

A piece of metal plating fell from the ceiling of Assembly Hall yesterday and damaged several seats.

IU Athletic Director Fred Glass says engineers reviewed the overall structure of the roof and are confident this was a targeted and unique event.

“As snow melted it slid in and created a super load in that area, they speculate that it was probably the biggest load that the roof has borne. All that pressure went to where that plate was and essentially popped it off,” Glass says.

The roof is held up by cables and is designed to flex with the weight it holds.

Engineers inspected the other three corners today (Wednesday). They said three other plates were loose but would not have fallen.

The metal will be re-engineered to accommodate a bigger roof load than this past winter.

The Iowa game that was canceled Tuesday has not yet been rescheduled.

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