Assembly Hall is a large dome-shaped indoor arena located in Champaign, Illinois, and
is part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Hall hosts games for the
Fighting Illini men's basketball team, and doubles as a performance and event center.
Assembly Hall opened on March 2, 1963 and continues to attract attention for its
design and construction. Four hundred feet across, it at one time was one of only two
edge-supported domes in the world. The roof is supported by 614 miles of one-quarter
inch steel wire wrapped at the base of the dome under intensive pressure. The
architect was Max Abramovitz, a distinguished University of Illinois alumnus.
The third largest Illinois arena after the United Center in Chicago and the Allstate Arena
in Rosemont, Assembly Hall has nearly 16,000 permanent seats, but when portable
chairs are placed on the floor for an in-the-round performance there is a potential of up
to 17,200 depending on the size of the stage.