The University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees has approved the sale of three surplus properties in the Posey County town of New Harmony; the Theater Barn, Keppler House and Bentel Hop House. USI says the goal of the sale was to find better ways for the properties to be used to benefit the community.
Our partners at WEHT TV report the properties were not being used so they were declared surplus in November 2018.
University of Southern Indiana Vice President for Finance and Administration Steve Bridges said COVID postponed the sale until September of this year.
The TV station reports Indianapolis-based Indiana Landmarks Foundation acquired two of the three buildings, the Hop House and the Kepler House.
Also, the university will start selling beer in public areas of the Screaming Eagles Arena on the USI campus for men’s and women’s basketball games. Previously, it was only available in box suites. Beer sales will begin on November 11.
“We looked around at what many of our peer institutions in the OVC were doing as well as the Ford Center and a few other Indiana Schools,” says Jon Mark Hall, USI athletic director. “The consensus was that there has been a shift in this direction in recent years and, overall, the results have been positive.”
The university says beer will be available near or at existing concession areas on the upper concourse of the arena.
“We believe this is a move that will give our fans something they want as part of the game-day experience while keeping our games safe, family-friendly events,” said Hall.
USI is partnering with food service provider Sodexo to implement the sale of beer in the arena.