Jay Wilkinson helps fund new indoor volleyball and wrestling arena


The new volleyball and wrestling arena was scheduled to be finished by September 2018, but construction has been pushed back to November. The 2018 IU volleyball season begins on Aug. 24. Buy Photos

IU alumnus and current member of the IU Varsity Club’s National Board of Directors Jay Wilkinson donated $10 million to “For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign," which will help pay for the new indoor arena being constructed next to Cook Hall. 

The new arena will be named Wilkinson Hall and will be the home venue for volleyball and wrestling. The arena will have 2500-3000 seats and will be much closer to all the other sporting venues on campus than the current home for IU volleyball and wrestling, the University Gym.

“We extend our deepest thanks to Jay Wilkinson for his extraordinarily impactful and generous gift,” IU Athletics Director Fred Glass said in an IU Athletics release. “Jay’s belief in the ‘Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team’ has led him to invest in our student-athletes through transformative philanthropic support. We are honored by his support and thrilled to have his name permanently associated with IU Athletics.”

The new venue will not just be for volleyball and wrestling, as the multi-sport arena will also host university events.

Wilkinson Hall is expected to be built by September 2018.

Dylan Wallace

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