Cyclones on target to open Hilton in November

The Iowa State Athletics Department is hopeful that its sports teams – most immediately women’s and men’s basketball, volleyball (what will remain of its schedule) and wrestling – will return to Hilton Coliseum in November.

Some restoration work needs to be completed, but it is our hope and expectation that most of amenities fans have come to expect will be available when the doors open.

There are inspections, tests and reviews scheduled for nearly every day from now until the women’s basketball team takes the court – a new one at that – on Nov. 4 against Minnesota State-Mankato. The department expects all of those test runs and evaluations to render good results, but these are mileposts that have to be passed.

When fans and the teams do return to Hilton, they will notice the game-day ticket office has moved to the southwest corner of the building (it will stay there permanently), the lower rows of the facility will have temporary folding chairs (permanent replacement seats won’t be installed until January) and some scoreboard and videoboard functions may be limited.

The basement level of the building, which includes locker rooms, training rooms etc., will remain under construction throughout the academic year. Pending any setbacks, we will be excited to welcome you back to Hilton early next month.

As you look around, please understand that countless staff and construction workers have spent considerable time and effort to get the building ready for game day. We look forward to seeing you at Hilton in the near future.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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