Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building
Constructed: 1994

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The gorgeous Bielfeldt Athletic Administration building was dedicated on October 4, 1996, nearly two years after the groundbreaking on October 21, 1994. At the groundbreaking Director of Athletics, Ron Guenther stated, “We are really excited about this project getting underway.  Beyond this building being a new office space for us, it’s really a consolidation of our various departments and a headquarters for us.  It will enhance communication among different areas and will make the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics more efficient.”

The $7.2 million, 43,000-square-foot Bielfeldt Building, located on the east-west axis between the Atkins Tennis Center and the Assembly Hall, land which used to be the University Golf Course, was endowed by Gary and Carlotta Bielfeldt, and their family, of Peoria, Illinois. 

The building incorporates facets of other DIA and university buildings throughout campus.  The roof is arched similarly to that of the Armory.  Columns are imbedded in the wall of the Hall of Fame Room subtly reminding visitors of the columns found at Memorial Stadium.  Window sills look like those found at Huff Hall.  The red brick and limestone materials are similar to those used on most campus buildings.  While the glass found on the exterior of the building is a light blue echoing the University’s colors of orange and blue. 

The Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building unites the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) administration, coaching (except men’s and women’s basketball, football, and men’s tennis), corporate relations, I-FUND, marketing, sports information, and video staffs under one roof instead of throughout campus as was previously the case. 

Also included in the Bielfeldt Building is a professional development and seminar room equipped with state of the art audio/visual equipment.  A large lounge used to greet recruits and entertain potential donors.  Locker rooms used by both the DIA staff and women’s soccer team, a training room, exercise room, and the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Library.