Bill Armstrong Stadium (courtesy rendering)
Bill Armstrong Stadium (courtesy rendering)
The north grandstand of Indiana University’s Bill Armstrong Stadium will be split in half during a renovation expected to be completed by June 2020.

The IU Board of Trustees unanimously approved this as part of an architectural design proposal during its meeting Friday.

The board approved the $7 million grandstand project in December during a meeting at IU Kokomo. At that time, IU leaders planned to demolish the entire grandstand, erect a new building and use portable bleachers to maintain seating capacity. During the design phase, it was determined renovating the east and west wings would be more efficient, said Tom Morrison, IU vice president for capital planning and facilities.

The board of trustees approved a plan to build a new 13,500 gross-square-foot structure and renovate about 3,700 gross square feet of the existing structure. The new building will be two stories. A lobby, men’s and women’s locker rooms, lounges, a visitor locker room and an athletic training room will be located on the first floor.

On the second floor, there will be conference rooms and an event space with an outdoor terrace. Also on the second floor will be offices for men’s and women’s soccer coaches. Currently, offices for those coaches are located in Assembly Hall, Morrison said.

A large restroom facility will be renovated but remain underneath what will become the west wing of the north grandstand. A bike shop and storage space for the Little 500 men’s and women’s bicycle races will be underneath the opposing wing.

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