IU Assembly Hall will open Wed. after beam fell Tues.

(Jordan Littman/IU Basketball writer at Inside the Hall)
(Jordan Littman/IU Basketball writer at Inside the Hall)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – The Indiana University women’s basketball team will play against Michigan as scheduled Wednesday night after a metal beam fell from the ceiling of Assembly Hall Tuesday.

The 50-pound beam collapse forced university officials to postpone Tuesday night’s men’s basketball game against Iowa.

The beam fell about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday during a renovation meeting being held at Assembly Hall. After an engineer inspected the area it was decided at 3:30 p.m. to cancel the game.

The 8 x 15 foot beam fell 100 feet from the northwest corner of the building. It was a decorative beam that officials believe fell due to heavy ice and snow on the building’s roof that settled in on the building’ slowest point causing the beam to pop off.

Engineers were inside Assembly Hall on Wednesday doing further inspections.

The IU vs. Iowa game has not been rescheduled. The university has 72 hours from cancellation to confirm a new date.

WISH-TV has been in touch with IU. Officials say doors open for the women’s game Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.  That’s when updated information will likely be available.

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