UI BOT Approves State Farm Center Project
May 29, 2013
CHICAGO - The University of Illinois Board of Trustees met in Chicago Wednesday and officially approved the naming of State Farm Center, the renovation of the iconic building and the contract for AECOM as the architect and designer of the project.
"All of Illini Nation should be very proud and happy that we have the State Farm Center renovation approved as we take the next steps in the process," Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. "We continue to work with individuals and groups for naming rights opportunities and premium seating, but I am comfortable with the progress we've made so far. There is more work to do, but this is such an important project for the University of Illinois campus, it is very exciting to have the approval and support of the Board of Trustees. State Farm Center officially becomes the name of the building and we'll continue the transition to the new name. We have been working toward this moment for some time, but, this is really just the beginning of a project that will turn State Farm Center into one of the finest all-purpose facilities in the world."
The UI announced in April that the building, formerly known as the Assembly Hall, would become State Farm Center upon BOT approval. The estimated $165 million "Illinois Renaissance" project will begin in earnest in spring 2014 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016 prior to the 2016-17 basketball season. Illinois men's and women's basketball will continue to play games in the building during the renovation.