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State Farm Center renovations wrap up

After nearly three years of extensive renovations, the University of Illinois will officially dedicate State Farm Center on November 29 during the Illinois men’s basketball game versus North Carolina State.

The US$170 million renovation effort of State Farm Center began in March 2014 and is being completed this autumn.

In addition to new locker rooms and team areas for both men’s and women’s basketball, the Arena will boast many improved fan amenities.

These include air conditioning, new restrooms and permanent concessions on the upper concourse, a new sound system, a larger centre-hung scoreboard and façade LED ribbon board display and improved WiFi access.

There will also be three new hospitality club spaces and premium seating, historical recognition displays in the upper concourse for all 21 varsity athletic teams, and the Mannie Jackson Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame located inside the west lobby.

Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman said:

We are excited to officially dedicate State Farm Center and to reintroduce the longstanding home of Illinois basketball to Illini Nation.

The facility has been transformed into one of the greatest venues in college basketball. Such an ambitious project would not have been possible without the support of State Farm, many private donors and corporate partners, and the University of Illinois student body.  We are hoping for a great Fighting Illini crowd on November 29 to help us launch this new era of Illinois Basketball.

The celebration will include a video tribute, a brief on-court recognition of State Farm and other donors for their support that made the renovations possible, and giveaway items to all fans in attendance.

The Fighting Illini will host North Carolina State that evening as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.