Saturday marks the 50th Anniversary, to the day, of Assembly Hall opening its doors.
Feb. 25, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Assembly Hall during Saturday's (March 2) sold-out men's basketball game against Nebraska, which is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. CT. The senior day contest against the Cornhuskers is exactly 50 years from when the Assembly Hall first opened its doors on March 2, 1963.
Several special events are planned for the sold-out March 2 game to celebrate the historic anniversary:
Each fan will receive a commemorative 50th Anniversary ticket
Exclusive historical footage of Assembly Hall will be shown
Video of the proposed renovation project will be debuted
A memorable moment in Assembly Hall history will be shown at each media timeout
Shout-out video of Illini greats and entertainers who have performed at the Hall
Prior to their final home game, Fighting Illini seniors Kevin Berardini, Tyler Griffey, Sam McLaurin, Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson will be honored in senior day ceremonies.
In addition to the events at Saturday's game, memorable Assembly Hall moments will be highlighted throughout the week at FightingIllini.com, on the Fighting Illini Basketball Facebook page, and on the @IlliniHoops Twitter page. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #AH50 to post their favorite memories of Assembly Hall.
About Assembly Hall
The University of Illinois Assembly Hall has served as home to the Fighting Illini men's basketball program since its construction in 1963 as well as the home to the Fighting Illini women's basketball program from 1981-93 and 1998-99 to the present. Illinois fans help turn the Assembly Hall into a sea of orange for every Illini home game. That, combined with the Orange Krush student cheering section surrounding the court, gives the Illini one of the best home-court advantages in the country.
In addition to being the home for Fighting Illini basketball, the Assembly Hall has hosted events for volleyball, men's and women's gymnastics, and wrestling in the past, and will host this year's Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 9-10, 2013. The Assembly Hall also holds performances for Broadway musicals, commencement ceremonies, concerts and other shows, and has been home to Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state championships for boys basketball (1963-95), girls basketball (1978-90) and wrestling (1967-present).