Indiana University trustees have approved a $17 million volleyball/wrestling indoor arena on the Bloomington campus. At a Friday meeting on the IU East campus, trustees also approved the renovation and relocation of the Metz Carillon bell structure and fully-paid parental leave for all university staff employees.
The volleyball/wrestling arena will serve as a competition facility for both sports, as well as a practice facility for volleyball. The school says the 2,500- to 3,000-seat venue will bring the sports back to IU’s athletics campus and make the sports more accessible to fans. The facility will also put those teams closer to the Excellence Academy, currently under construction at Memorial Stadium, and student housing.
The Metz Carillon is a large musical instrument containing dozens of bells. The project will add four bells, bringing the total to 65. The carillon will also move to the center of the IU campus, which the school says will allow larger audiences to attend concerts and recitals on the instrument performed by the IU Jacobs School of Music.
At Friday’s meeting, the board also endorsed up to six weeks of paid leave for parents after a birth or adoption. The policy will begin July 1. IU President Michael McRobbie says the new policy "underscores the value Indiana University places on the well-being of its employees," and will help the school attract and retain top talent.