Feb. 18, 2014
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass has announced that tonight¹s Big Ten men¹s basketball game between Iowa and Indiana will be postponed as a result of a piece of metal falling from the ceiling into seats in the lower bowl.
Roughly 6 1/2 hours before game time, a metal facing (roughly eight feet long by 14 inches wide), fell and damaged seats in the lower part of Section F, which is located in the northwest corner of the building.
“Safety is our No.1 priority,” noted Glass. “Our University engineers have advised us to postpone events in Assembly Hall until it can be determined what caused the facing to fall and ensure the safety of everyone attending an event in the facility.”
The rescheduling of the Iowa contest and the status of tomorrow night¹s Indiana women¹s game with Michigan will be determined as soon as possible.
“Obviously, we are disappointed tonight’s game had to be cancelled,” said Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta. “Fran and his team are in contention for a Big Ten title and were looking forward to the opportunity to getting back on the court. The most important part of this equation is safety. We are in full support of Indiana’s decision to postpone the game based on the issues with Assembly Hall. Coach McCaffery and his team are returning from Indiana tonight. We are working with Indiana Athletic Director Fred Glass and the Big Ten Conference to determine when and, possibly, where to play the game.”
“We fully support Indiana’s decision to postpone tonight’s game as safety for the participants and fans is paramount,” said McCaffery. “We will be in constant communication with Indiana and the Big Ten in finding another date. Upon hearing the news of the postponement, our players have handled the situation professionally, like I knew they would. Our guys have exhibited a business-like approach all season long on and off the court. We look forward to getting back on the court for our next game.”