Did You See This? Assembly Hall adds "B1G" logo

Assembly Hall


I’m pretty sure Indiana basketball fans will not be a big fan of Assembly Hall’s latest cosmetic change. It’s a small one – one that we’re going to see on all Big Ten football fields this season (here’s an example and another) and presumably all basketball courts (example) – but it’s something the Hoosier faithful will need time to get used to. Of course, I’m talking about the “B1G” logo making its way onto the court. See a picture, courtesy of @JustinRayWright, of the new court design in this post.

It’s not a huge change, as you can see. Still, one of the many great things about Assembly Hall is the simplicity of the court. Other than “Indiana” on both baselines and the outline of the state of Indiana at midcourt, the court is never cluttered with any writing or logos. That will change in the 2012-13 season, thanks to the conference requiring it on playing surfaces.

The good news: Indiana didn’t make any other changes to the court. All in all, this is a minor thing that Indiana fans will get used to in time. And, who knows, maybe one day they’ll think the court would look weird without the logos.

Here’s what fans were saying about the logos on Twitter:

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Show Comments (22 Comments)
Kyle on 8/2/2012 @ 1:12pm EDT Said:

I don’t like this addition. I didn’t like the new big ten logo when it first was introduced, and I have always loved the clean look of assembly hall. It’s going to take some getting used to.

Clint on 8/2/2012 @ 1:33pm EDT Said:

How is it OK to deface such a legendary court? This is just one small step towards sponsorship on the courts, changing the uniforms, and other unnecessary crap that screws up college basketball for the purists.

b on 8/2/2012 @ 1:46pm EDT Said:

Need to remove it now! Leave the court alone, you want more big ten logos throughout the building, fine.. but leave the court alone.

Ben on 8/2/2012 @ 1:50pm EDT Said:

Horrible addition to the court. If they were forced to put it on there, they should have put it on the side and out of the way. Very disappointed in the conference not respecting tradition.

J.C. on 8/2/2012 @ 1:52pm EDT Said:

Hate this entire initiative from the Big Ten.

You are putting logos on legendary fields and courts where for majority of the past century there has not been a Big Ten logo.

Do you really need a logo to know Indiana basketball plays in the Big Ten? Ohio State football is in the Big Ten?

It’s not like a Big Ten logo is going to help the on-field/court product of the conference. I’d actually worry about the lack of national champions in basketball and football, rather than marketing.

Denny Brown on 8/2/2012 @ 2:14pm EDT Said:

It’s like a cockroach , you let one in , and you know the rest of the story !! Whyyyyyyyy ?

David Phoebus on 8/2/2012 @ 2:53pm EDT Said:

Big 10 or Big Brother? Maybe we can replace the flag on the uni’s with the Big 10/12/11+PSU

jeff nelson on 8/2/2012 @ 4:47pm EDT Said:

i would have been more happy if they would have removed the women’s 3 point line and forced them to play in another building

Jeremy Steinke on 8/2/2012 @ 6:24pm EDT Said:

it doesn’t matter at all. All the other conferences have their logos on their teams courts and fields. You all are making a BIG deal out of absolutely nothing

jordan on 8/2/2012 @ 6:35pm EDT Said:

is iowa’s football feild getting it too? tht would be awful

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 8/2/2012 @ 6:40pm EDT Said:

    Jordan – Yes, the B1G logo will be at the 25-yard lines of all Big Ten football stadiums.

Warren on 8/2/2012 @ 6:59pm EDT Said:

The Hoosiers will own that LOGO at the end of the season, just like we’ve owned Michigan and Illinois for decades

aroznowski on 8/2/2012 @ 8:07pm EDT Said:

Sweet! Every venue that a Big Team team plays at should have a Big Ten logo regardless of the sport. The Big Ten Conference is, without a doubt, the best collegiate athletic conference in the country.

Nick on 8/2/2012 @ 10:05pm EDT Said:

IU fans need to get over themselves. The court looks fine, the designers did a good job blending it into their 1940’s design. I’m guessing 8/10 fans won’t even realize it wasn’t there before

chad on 8/3/2012 @ 12:16am EDT Said:

That is why the SEC is ahead of the Big10. They are proud of there conference and root for each other against other conferences. It should be an honer to have the Big10 logo on your court or field. When a team from the SEC is beating a team from another conference,they aren’t chanting their team name, they’re chanting SEC SEC SEC.

Gordon Somerville on 8/3/2012 @ 3:57am EDT Said:

Unless IU wants to be an Independent like Notre Dame, get with the program!
Let’s be concerned with more important issues Hoosier fans!

Garret on 8/3/2012 @ 9:57am EDT Said:

Most other powerhouse conferences do the same thing…who gives a crap about one little logo, instead of complaining you should try to represent the conference with pride every time you take the court, the big ten is one of if not the best basketball conference in america so lets focus on the game not one little change to the courts…fans complaining: YOU ARE PATHETIC

Clint on 8/3/2012 @ 11:21am EDT Said:

Chad – we have NO desire to be like the SEC, especially in basketball.

Garret – Why do we need to conform to what other power conferences are doing? This is about the tradition of the school, not representing the conference. Do people not know IU is in the Big 10? Maybe we should put B1G logos on the jerseys, and make the players wear B1G warmup tees, and giant B1G hats that shoot out B1G gift certificates to the rabid crowd of B1G fans???

This is about school identity and keeping tradition. For people whom come from other schools, this can be a difficult concept to understand.

aroznowski on 8/4/2012 @ 10:25pm EDT Said:

I correct my second sentence from above.

Every venue that a Big Ten team plays at should have a Big Ten logo on the playing surface regardless of the sport.

drewAmaroe (@DrewMaroe) on 8/6/2012 @ 8:04pm EDT Said:

Wow.. absolutely terrible.. those need to go immediately..

ryan eaton on 8/23/2012 @ 6:30pm EDT Said:

i agree that every venue should have the logo. it gives more publicity to the conference. the only fear i have is players stepping on the logos and injuring themselves. is this a possibility?

Russ Hall on 9/29/2012 @ 10:38pm EDT Said:

Really what is the big deal of having a logo on a piece of wood that none of us will ever step foot on?? It’s about time IU comes into the 21st century in that stale venue that is Assembly Hall. Other conferences have been doing this for awhile now. But Indiana doesn’t like change, it’s like time stands still there. Yes IU fans you definately need the logo on your football field that way everyone in the country can see when a MAC school beats you on your home turf!!!