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Assembly Hall Renovation to Begin Next Year
We now know when to expect a long-planned renovation of the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall to begin.
Athletic Director Mike Thomas said construction will start a year from now and should be done in 2016.
The $160 million project still needs the approval of university trustees. The project will modernize the 50-year-old saucer-shaped building.
Air conditioning will be added, concourses will be widened, more student seating will be added courtside, and more suites will be built.
Most of the money would come from donations. Thomas said a plan to sell naming rights to the hall is still being worked out.