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This new renovation conveys the University’s intent to reach and recruit

new basketball talent into their program while telling the stories that brought them here.

Celebrating the final phase of renovation at State Farm Center, the University of Illinois partnered with Dimensional Innovations to design a space paying tribute to over a century of basketball history. The Mannie L. Jackson Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame is a place to inspire all fans and future athletes and highlight the hundreds of athletes that define the legacy, energy, and stories of the Fighting Illini.

 

Located near the main entry, the 1,500 square foot, U-shaped space tells its story through three lenses: The Game, The Teams and The Fans.

In The Game exhibition area, exhibits focus on individual players, coaches, and winning moments, through displays of past and current uniforms, memorabilia, and a large interactive display for viewing player stats and clips. The Teams exhibit tells the story of four influential team’s history. Dedicated cases span the south wall, each with a large graphic print commemorating key players. The third zone celebrates The Fans and history which made everything possible, extending directly into the main concourse through an operable wall.

 

A large white wall wraps the central core, helping to open up the dark space while highlighting historic artifacts and joining the three zones together. Operable glass panels and removable resin casts allow the University to replace artifacts with new memorabilia.

Opposite the core, four large orange cases highlight four special teams seasons. Glass and aluminum cases feature printed text panels and glass shelves, fully customizable for future trophies.

 

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Justin Wood

Justin Wood

Principal / Sports + Higher Education Practice Director

With over 20 years of experience communicating and developing meaningful projects with clients, Justin Wood brings an unparalleled range of expertise to Dimensional Innovations. As the Sports and Higher Education Practice Director,... more about Justin Wood Justin Wood Justin Wood Principal / Sports + Higher Education Practice Director

With over 20 years of experience communicating and developing meaningful projects with clients, Justin Wood brings an unparalleled range of expertise to Dimensional Innovations.

As the Sports and Higher Education Practice Director, Justin feeds his passion for developing matchless, engaging experiences for our clients by focusing on dynamic environments. He has led the charge of building these practice portfolios through developing sponsorship activations, halls of fame and immersive branding experiences.

His leadership in projects help clients and brands improve the pro and collegiate experience by connecting their story to interactive and physical environments. Justin’s resume also boasts seven years of running his own design-build consulting company.

Justin’s portfolio of projects has appeared in multiple sports market publications, and he has presented at ALSD, SEGD’s Dynamic Environments series and at multiple Sports Business Journal workshops. Justin was named as an SBJ Power Player in 2020.

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Eric Buckels

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