Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presides over the dedication of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Friday afternoon. The dedication also served as the opening of the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology.
The historic and venerable arena is named in honor of IU alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt, whose $40 million gift represents the largest gift in IU Athletics history. The renovation preserves the greatest home court advantage in college basketball while adding fan amenities and modern technology to the iconic venue. Made possible by a $5 million gift from IU alumnus Mark Cuban, the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology is home to a first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge, student-focused, video, broadcasting and technology center located on the west side of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall originally opened its doors in 1971. It has been home to three national championship teams, 14 Big Ten championship teams, and has served as the original home for the Indiana women’s basketball program.