Iowa-Indiana postponed due to metal from ceiling falling at Assembly Hall

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on February 18th, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Just heard it on the radio and it's all over the twitter.

Luckily nobody was hurt.

Good thing it happened now instead of during the game. The metal fell from the ceiling down to the stands.

Comments

jtmc33

February 18th, 2014 at 4:27 PM ^

Reminds me of the only NBA game I ever "went to;"  in college we went to the Palace for a Pistons v. Bulletts game   (for you young kids, that's what the Wizards were called before D.C. changed the name because it was the murder capital of the USA)

Anyway, we get to the Palace and the game was cancelled due to the court being wet from some weather/humidity issue.  Very odd reason for a basketball game to be cancelled.. like falling metal.

Ok, I'm going back to work now...

GoBlueInNYC

February 18th, 2014 at 4:35 PM ^

Holy shit, I was at that non-game! I must be younger than you, because I remember going when I was more middle-school aged, maybe younger (don't remember exactly how old I was). It was a problem with the Vipers having played hockey there or something, as I recall. The court was all wet because water kept condensing on it.

Weird...

creelymonk10

February 18th, 2014 at 4:33 PM ^

I know Assembly Hall isn't that large, but if the engineers need to determine why the piece failed and need to inspect every beam/girder in the building before allowing a game to be played there, I can't see this one being made up this week.

Indiana Blue

February 18th, 2014 at 8:28 PM ^

one of worst places to "watch" a game.  If your seat is row 30 or higher, its not a good view.  If you are upper deck .... fagettaboutit.  The place is incredibly loud though and the NCAA banners start to swing as the crowd gets into the game.  Haven't been there for along time - but when Knight was there ( in the hey day) the place simply rocked.

Would love to see Crisler get that atmosphere.

Go Blue!

goblue16

February 18th, 2014 at 5:24 PM ^

Damn thank god it didnt happen during the game or else someone would have been seriously injured or worse. Kinda creepy but whoever had those seats really dodged a brush with death.

True Blue Grit

February 18th, 2014 at 4:53 PM ^

Pretty much every other school in the Big Ten has replaced or rebuilt their basketball arena.  Keeping it going just because "it has such a storied, glorious history" is kind of dumb.  The place has never had a good design and just renovating it won't solve the poor visibility of many of the seats that are either incredibly high up or blocked partially by the scoreboard.  

Wolverine Convert

February 18th, 2014 at 4:55 PM ^

Imagine if you had season tickets for that seat!?! Pretty scary...

 

By the way - How in the heck did they get video of that falling? Do they have constant video running on the arena at all times??

dc22

February 18th, 2014 at 5:06 PM ^

I don't see this getting fixed very soon ... Alternatives like playing at butler or on the pacers' home court will most likely be explored

LSAClassOf2000

February 18th, 2014 at 5:37 PM ^

The Indianapolis Star had a good photo of the some of damage (the seat that took the direct hit is gone - thanks for the catch, creelymonk10):

Yeah, that would probably have been fatal. Definitely glad this did not happen during a game.