Huff Hall

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George Huff Hall
Huff Hall
Former names New Gymnasium
Location 1206 S 4th St
Champaign, IL 61820
Public transit Fourth and Gregory
1 Yellow, 8 Bronze,
22 Illini
Owner University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Capacity Volleyball, Wrestling: 4,050
Gymnastics: 3,800
Record attendance Volleyball: 4,316
Surface Hardwood Courts
Construction
Broke ground June 7, 1924
Opened 1925
Renovated 1992, 2002[1]
Expanded 2011[2][3]
Construction cost $772,000
Architect James M. White
Charles A. Platt
General contractor English Brothers Co.
Tenants
Fighting Illini Men's Basketball (1925-1963)
Fighting Illini Women's Volleyball 1990-Present
Fighting Illini Men's Gymnastics
Fighting Illini Women's Gymnastics
Fighting Illini Wrestling

Huff Hall is a 4,050-seat multi-purpose arena in Champaign, Illinois, United States. The arena opened in 1925 and was known as Huff Gymnasium until the 1990s. It is named after George Huff, who was the school's athletic director from 1895 to 1935.

Huff Hall is home to the University of Illinois Fighting Illini volleyball and wrestling teams. Prior to the opening of Assembly Hall in 1963, it was home to the basketball team as well.

Currently Huff Hall is used for a variety of sporting events, including men's and women's gymnastics, men's wrestling, and women's volleyball. At each athletic event banners are hung of past Illini heroes to remind the crowd of the rich tradition that Illini athletics have had.

Every March from 1926 to 1962, Huff Gymnasium played host to the state finals of the Illinois High School Association boys' basketball tournament.

Huff Hall also served as the home of the women's basketball team. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing through the mid-1990s, the team once again used Huff Hall for home games, as it struggled to fill up the Assembly Hall. Since 1997 the team has used the Assembly Hall exclusively, although it struggles with a losing record and to fill up the Assembly Hall.

From 1927 to 2002 Huff Hall was also home to a 25 yard swimming pool which served as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Underwater Hockey club and the University of Illinois Water Polo Club.

In addition to hosting athletic events, Huff Hall is also the home of the College of Applied Health Sciences.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huff Hall, Home Of The `Whiz Kids,' Still Wheezing Along. Chicago, IL: Chicago Tribune. 1993. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  2. ^ UI trustees OK funds for Huff Hall addition. Champaign, IL: The News Gazette. 2008. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  3. ^ Khan Annex opens at Huff Hall on UI campus. Champaign, IL: The News Gazette. 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 

Coordinates: 40°06′13″N 88°13′58″W / 40.103540°N 88.232811°W / 40.103540; -88.232811