Indiana to Rename Assembly Hall After Millionaire Donor

By Nicholas Jervey on December 19, 2013 at 1:35p

In case you were wondering if there were any bastions of purity in college basketball, the answer is no.

Indiana alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt recently donated $40 million to the school, the largest donation to athletics and fourth largest overall donation in school history. In return, Indiana will change Assembly Hall's name to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall starting in 2016.

Indiana will use the donation to pay nearly the entirety of a planned Assembly Hall renovation project, so renaming it to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is an understandable concession. It will do nothing to placate the masses who just want Assembly Hall to stay the way it is.


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sharks's picture

Im sure unofficially itll still be called Assembly Hall, and I guess it is better than Value City Arena or Progressive Field. They're naming youth fields after old rich people now, so nothing is really sacred

A man got to have a code...

CCatanzaro's picture


Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.


Doc's picture

Nothing worse than the Yum! Yum! Center or Value City Arena.

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droessl's picture

Terrible name, but it's worth a lot in Scrabble! 

tennbuckeye19's picture

In other news: I freakin' hate Indiana basketball.


It's like Jacobs Field in Cleveland. It hasnt been named that in years but everyone I know still calls it The Jake. You can't erase history/tradition, even with a name with too many consonants.

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CCatanzaro's picture

I heard someone call it "The Prog" and even as a Reds fan it made me nauseous.

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Danify's picture

It will forever be "The Jake" or "Jacobs Field" to me. Too much magic in the 90s while going to Jacobs Field to watch Manny, Bell, Omar, Hershiser, Alomar (brothers), Baerga, Vizquel, Mesa (UGH), Thome, and my favorite baseball player of all time Kenny Lofton. Heck I still have Lofton's signed jersey and his signed rookie card to this day.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Meh. I guess if you're an Indiana person, it's a big deal and a blow to tradition and the American way.
But if your main feeling about Assembly Hall is "that place where two generations of Ohio State basketball players were repeatedly screwed by Big Ten officials," then it's good riddance.

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Michael Citro's picture

Could have been so much worse.


BucksfanXC's picture

They didn't want all the fans to go bald; it's a proven fact hair runs away from the Creandome.

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Earle's picture

Great Skjodt, that's a terrible name!

Snarkies gonna snark. 

zenshade's picture

What you did there.
I see it.

Whoa Nellie's picture

Visiting teams already call it The Scrot.

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Indy_Buck87's picture

Nice to see she made good use of her dad's money.  Ever hear of Simon malls...they built Easton.  Too bad she did not donate another 40 mil to get rid of the genetic bottle necking due to inbreeding amongst their fan base.  Looooloooosers! Sorry I live over here and think their fans are in general douchebags. 

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MassiveAttack's picture

Sorry bro, not true on Easton.  Simon Malls built Tuttle Crossing and the former "City Center" in downtown Columbus, OH.  Les Wexner built Easton Town Center in response to being excluded from the City Center venture (co-developed by The Georgetown Company and Steiner + Associates, with M+A Architects serving as the Architect of Record).

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BTBuckeye's picture

In all honesty, it's pretty bizzare of her to want to rename Assembly Hall after herself
Even If I donated $100 million to OSU...I sure as hell don't have the balls to try and rename it Eric Cartman Ohio Stadium
Bush league on her part IMO.

BTBuckeye's picture

I also still call it the JAKE!!!!

Indy_Buck87's picture

Massive you are correct thanks for the clarification.  Daddy Simon built lots of malls made mega coin doing it and his daughter gets immortalized for basically being born and inheriting his dough.  She is a perfect example for that fan base. 

I know of only two things that are infinite, space and human stupidity.....and I'm not sure about space". Albert Einstein.