(BLOOMINGTON) - Tuesday night's basketball game between Indiana and Iowa was postponed after a piece of metal fell from the ceiling into seats in the lower bowl at Assembly Hall.
The metal facing is eight-feet long and 14-inches wide. When it fell, it damaged seats in the lower part of Section F, which is located in the northwest corner of the building.
"Safety is our No.1 priority," said Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. "Our University engineers have advised us to postpone events in Assembly Hall until it can be determined what caused the facing to fall and ensure the safety of everyone attending an event in the facility."
Glass said at a press conference Tuesday evening the piece of metal that fell was not structural, but ornamental. The university is considering removing all of the plating as a precaution.
He said it is possible that ice and snow settled into steel beams on the roof and popped the metal piece free.
Tonight's women's basketball game between IU and Michigan will be played as scheduled.
Administrators from Indiana and Iowa are working on a plan to reschedule Tuesday's game. Glass says the university turned down an offer by the Indiana Pacers to play the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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