The Daily Illini

From the Hall to the Farm

By Michal Dwojak

February 21, 2016

By Michal DwojakStaff WriterDave Downey still remembers the emotions he felt and sounds he heard on March 4, 1963.That day the Fighting Illini played the first-ever basketball game in what was then called the Assembly Hall.EJThe structure was the first arena built without any type of support beam to hold ...