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Assembly Hall
1800 S. 1st St., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign County)

 

 
   
 

 

This 16,000-seat arena was designed in 1961 by U of I alumus Max Abramovitz—whose firm also designed the United Nations Building in New York City—with structural engineers Amman & Whitney. The vast 400-foot-wide concrete domed structure is cited in Frederick Koeper’s Illinois Architecture and numerous architectural periodicals. It has been declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and was ranked #3 in importance by a 1994 campus historic preservation plan (behind Altgeld Hall and the Auditorium Building).
 
Poet Carl Sandburg spoke at the dedication in 1963 and the arena has hosted such performers as Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, and the Fighting Illini basketball teams. The university expects to complete a study this year to either replace the facility or make major renovations to accommodate luxury suites and elevators.

 

     
 

  HOW CAN I HELP?

 

Letters of concern should be sent to Ron Guenther, Director of Athletics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and copied to Loren Taylor, President of the Alumni Association at Urbana.

 

 
 

Mr. Ron Guenther
Director of Athletics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1700 S. Fourth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
rguenthe@uiuc.edu

Mr. Loren Taylor, President
Alumni Association at Urbana
Alice Campbell Alumni Center
601 South Lincoln Avenue (MC-077)
Urbana, IL 61801
lrtaylor@uillinois.edu

 
     
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

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