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U of I’s Assembly Hall becomes the State Farm Center

University Illinois' Assembly Hall Champaign will be renamed State Farm Center. |AP Photo/The News-Gazette Darrell Hoemann

University of Illinois' Assembly Hall in Champaign will be renamed the State Farm Center. |AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Darrell Hoemann

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Updated: July 2, 2013 6:59AM

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees Wednesday approved changing the name of Urbana-Champaign campus’ Assembly Hall to the State Farm Center, as part of a 30-year, $60 million naming rights agreement with the insurance company.

The board also gave the go-ahead for a $160 million renovation of the 50-year-old Assembly Hall, as well as approving plans for a new “multi-million dollar” baseball stadium for the Chicago campus, university officials said.

Upgrades to Assembly Hall are expected to include: adding luxury suites; expanding the hall’s floor to accommodate larger conventions and entertainment programs; and installing air conditioning.

Work is expected to begin in March 2014, official said.

Construction of the baseball stadium, which will be home to the UIC Flames, is set to begin this fall. The new stadium will be named in honor of UIC alumnus and New York Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson, officials said. He also attended T.F. South High School in Lansing.

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