State Farm Center
John Groce’s third year in Champaign comes with higher expectations.
It’s time to honor the past and further connect Chicago to Champaign.
John Groce is now under contract through the 2018-’19 season.
The basketball arena’s renovation budget would increase from $165 million to $169.5 million if the trustees agree. The extra money would cover additional costs related to a new scoreboard, video boards, marquee and other items.
There’s NCAA Tournament hope in Champaign, and that couldn’t have been whispered two weeks ago.
It’s not just a new season for the Fighting Illini basketball team.
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.
The University of Illinois’ home for basketball has a new name.