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 ...

Illinois basketball to return to new-look State Farm Center in fall

Illinois basketball to return to new-look State Farm Center in fall

March 19, 2014

The first time Dave Downey walked into Assembly Hall in Champaign, he wasn’t thinking about the spectacle of the building. In March of 1963 his Illini were a game back of Ohio State in the Big Ten championship race. He was thinking about beating Northwestern the next day. Then he stepped onto the new...