Irving Gymnasium


Irving Gymnasium is an indoor athletics facility on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Opened in 1962 with a capacity of 4,200 spectators, it hosted primarily Ball State Cardinals basketball and volleyball games until the John E. Worthen Arena was opened in 1992. It hosted the 1972 and 1976 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship games. In 2008, Irving Gymnasium closed to undergo renovations for the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center will reopen with two new basketball courts, an indoor turf building for indoor football and soccer, a rock climbing wall, and expanded weight lifting and cardio equipment space. The construction process will also include adding a 1/8 suspended walking/jogging track, a grab-and-go food service area, and space devoted to yoga and martial arts.

Notable appearances
Presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy spoke in Irving Gymnasium on April 4, 1968 to a crowd of 12,000 people, almost three times the seating capacity. The university only had 7,000 seats to offer which left 5,000 students to stand during Kennedy's half-hour speech. A little over an hour after Kennedy's speech, on his way to another campaign stop in Indianapolis, Kennedy learned of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. President Barack Obama made a stop in Irving Gymnasium on April 12, 2008 on his campaign trail, 40 years and one week after Kennedy's speech in Irving Gym in 1968.

Ball State University campus Irving Gymnasium Use Physical fitness facility Erected 1962 Demolished 2009 Location Corner of Neely & McKinley Avenue Muncie, IN 47306 Namesake Irving Family Irving Brothers Sand and Gravel Architect Walter Scholar & Associates Lafayette, Indiana Seating capacity 4,200