(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) — Tuesday’s college basketball game between the 15th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes and Big Ten rival Indiana was postponed after a piece of the ceiling from Assembly Hall fell into the stands damaging seats. No one was injured in the incident as it occured hours before the game was scheduled to start.
“Safety is our No. 1 priority,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in a release that stated the beam was approximately eight feet long. “Our university engineers have advised us to postpone events in Assembly Hall until it can be determined what caused the facing to fall and ensure the safety of everyone attending an event in the facility.”
Weather is believed to be the culprit of the damage. School engineers roped off the damaged seats as well as parts of the other three corners in the arena.
Glass later said the game could have been played if fans were kept out of the building. University officials also considered moving the contest to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis later this week.
While no make-up date has been announced, the two teams have 72 hours to find an aggreable time before league officials step in. Indiana is scheduled to host a women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Glass stated that game will be played because fans can be kept out of the affected area.
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