Assembly Hall

State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: It’s The State Farm Center, But It’ll Always Be ‘The Hall’

Growing up, I always believed that besides the Sears Tower, Assembly Hall’s spaceship-shaped silhouette is the most recognizable of any building in Illinois. And now, just like how the Sears Tower has become the Willis Tower, the Assembly Hall has a new name as well.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2013

State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Assembly Hall Renamed ‘State Farm Center’

The University of Illinois’ home for basketball has a new name.

CBS Chicago–04/29/2013

State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Unveils Plan To Renovate ‘Every Inch’ Of Assembly Hall

A long-discussed plan to renovate 50-year-old Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois should start next year and, while cutting seating capacity, include adding air conditioning and suites, Athletic Director Mike Thomas said Thursday.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2013

Assembly Hall in Champaign. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Happy 50th Birthday, Assembly Hall

In honor of Assembly Hall’s “Big Five-Oh,” here are the five most memorable Illini hoops moments that Dave Wischnowsky witnessed there in person.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2013

Fighting Illini Student Section

Illinois Opens With 67-49 Win Over Loyola Chicago

If he’d gotten to Assembly Hall just a few minutes earlier, Illinois center Meyers Leonard would likely have been on time for the shoot-round before Friday’s season opener.


Demetri McCamey

Wisch: No. 1 Ohio State Ripe For An Illini Picking

Caked in ice and covered by tundra that’s at least as frozen as anything you’ll find at Lambeau Field, there isn’t a whole lot that becomes ripe in Illinois during January.


Demetri McCamey

Wisch: Illini’s D-Mac At Least As Good As D-Will

They both played high school ball on a team with a more glamorous teammate (Bracey Wright and Evan Turner). Each entered college with a ton of talent – and probably a few too many pounds. But one worked his way into shape, led his team to the national championship game and became a first-round NBA pick.