Hulman Center renovations complete

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana State University will release a ribbon-cutting video at 1 p.m. Thursday to mark the official reopening of Hulman Center after a two-year, $50-million renovation. 

“As you drive or walk by the building, you immediately notice a beautiful new exterior that signals a new dawn for downtown Terre Haute and its special connection to Indiana State University,” ISU President Deborah Curtis said. 

The ribbon-cutting video features remarks by Curtis; Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch; Sen. Jon Ford; Rep. Bob Heaton, a member of the 1979 ISU basketball team; Rep. Tonya Pfaff; Rep. Alan Morrison; Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett; Tony George, former CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, whose grandfather, Tony Hulman, donated money for the original facility; and ISU trustee Kathy Cabello. 

“You will not find many universities cutting ribbons on multi-million-dollar projects these days,” Heaton said. “This is a big deal for Indiana State and the state of Indiana.” 

The 10,200-seat facility has been host to countless ISU sports events, including the 1979 men’s basketball team that featured Larry Bird and finished second in the nation.  

Concert performers at Hulman Center have included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, KISS, Van Halen, Tim McGraw, and Kenny Chesney. 

The state appropriated $37.5 million for the project. 

Hulman Center will have its first ISU event after the renovation when the Sycamores’ women’s basketball team faces Murray State on Friday. Because of the pandemic, only essential personnel and family of ISU players will be allowed to watch in person. That policy is in effect for basketball games through December. 

The renovation includes:

  • A new exterior facade and a glass entrance at the south end that adds square footage and event/meeting space. Light through the glass changes the feel of the building. Previously, the bowl was closed off. From the outside and upon entering, people will be able to glimpse the bowl and the building’s high-energy events. 
  • New restrooms and concession stands. 
  • New multi-purpose suite overlooking the floor. 
  • New lighting for the court area and improved acoustics. 
  • All blue seats, replacing orange seats on part of the second level. 
  • New utility systems, which will make the facility more comfortable while replacing unreliable and inefficient equipment, much of which dated to 1973. 
  • A freight-sized elevator that will accommodate people with disabilities while vastly improving efficiency for freight and catering. 

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