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Indiana University to get new wrestling arena


Indiana University wrestling will have a new home for its matches, the Bloomington-based Big Ten school announced Friday afternoon.

The IU Board of Trustees' Facilities and Auxiliaries Committee voted Friday to approve a new indoor arena for Hoosier wrestling and volleyball, to be located in the athletics campus near Memorial Stadium.

The 2,500- to 3,000-seat venue will be used as a competition facility for both volleyball and wrestling, as well as the practice facility for volleyball. The new arena will be convenient to the wrestling team's current practice space in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, IU's main arena which hosted the 2017 Big Ten conference wrestling championships.

Estimated cost for the new facility is $17 million, with funding from the athletics department and private donations.

"This new, state-of-the-art, indoor, multipurpose arena in the heart of the athletics campus will have a profound and positive impact for all of our students who participate in intercollegiate athletics as well as the student body generally," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. "Consistent with the university's master plan, the indoor arena will bring volleyball and wrestling back to the athletics campus, support year-round training for all of our students, and improve campus life with increased fan accessibility for volleyball and wrestling matches."

Currently, most Hoosier wrestling events are held at University Gym, located east of the main IU campus at the intersection of the Indiana Route 45/46 Bypass and Tenth Street. Opened in 1963, the gym originally was part of what was the Indiana University Laboratory School for the School of Education, hence the nickname used by some IU fans, the U-School Gym. It has a seating capacity of approximately 2,000.

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