IU’s new multipurpose arena to be named Wilkinson Hall

15 September 2017

Indiana’s new venue for volleyball and wrestling has a name.

The university announced Thursday that its new multipurpose arena will be called Wilkinson Hall in recognition of a $10 million gift from IU alumnus Jay Wilkinson.

Wilkinson’s donation will help provide funding for the construction of the arena, which is expected to be finished in September 2018. The total cost of the project is $17 million.

The arena will be located next to Cook Hall, with its main entrance facing 17th street. The facility will have a 3,000-set capacity.

“Consistent with the university’s master plan, this state-of-the-art, indoor, multipurpose arena will bring volleyball and wrestling back to the athletics campus, support year-round training for all of our students, and improve campus life with increased student fan accessibility for volleyball and wrestling matches,” IU President Michael McRobbie said in a statement. “We are deeply grateful to Jay Wilkinson for this remarkable gift and for his longstanding support of IU’s student-athletes.”

In 2012, a donation from Wilkinson provided operating resources and equipment for the weight room in IU’s North End Zone facility, which is named the W. Jay and Nancy Wilkinson Performance Center.