TERRE HAUTE - Indiana State University men’s basketball team will play its home opener Saturday in Terre Haute and fans will get a good look at the $50 million renovation now underway at Hulman Center.

The university says it’s about halfway through the construction project.

“We’re right on schedule for what will be a modern multipurpose facility serving the Wabash Valley for decades to come,” said Bryan Duncan, Indiana State University’s director of capital planning and improvements.

ISU officials planned the two-year renovation to allow for men’s and women’s basketball games to continue. The Winter Commencement will also take place at the Hulman Center on December 14.

While events are still happening at the center, ISU reminds people it’s an active construction zone.

“We’re asking folks to be patient with things like dust from ongoing work,” said Duncan. “A year from now, Hulman Center will look like the renderings. It will be worth the wait.”

Duncan says basketball fans will notice a much brighter court now that a new lighting system has been installed.

There will be a couple of inconveniences says ISU; the south entrance and concourse will be closed, restrooms will be limited until Mid-January, and concessions will be limited to pre-packaged containers to ensure proper food safety.

Before the renovation, most of the finishes, the exterior facade and building systems were original to 1973, the year Hulman Center opened.