In 2008, Irving Gymnasium closed to undergo renovations for the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center has since opened and offers 5 basketball courts, an indoor turf building for indoor football and soccer, a rock climbing wall, an expanded weight lifting and cardio equipment space, an 1/8 suspended walking/jogging track, a Quiznos and space devoted to yoga and martial arts. 
Presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy spoke in Irving Gymnasium on April 4, 1968 to a crowd of 12,000 people, almost three times the seating capacity. The university only had 7,000 seats to offer which left 5,000 students to stand during Kennedy's half-hour speech. A little over an hour after his speech, on the way to another campaign stop in Indianapolis, Kennedy learned of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
President Barack Obama made a stop in Irving Gymnasium on April 12, 2008, on his campaign trail, 40 years and one week after Kennedy's speech in Irving Gym in 1968.