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Hinkle Fieldhouse

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Identification

Hinkle Fieldhouse
Butler Fieldhouse
222780

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Structure in General

stadium
existing [completed]
brick
applied masonry
dark red

Usages

basketball

Facts

  • Located on the Butler University campus, Hinkle Fieldhouse was the largest basketball arena in the nation for 20 years after completion of construction.
  • Recent renovations have reduced capacity from 15,000 spectators to just over 11,000.
  • It is one of only six 1920's era collegiate arenas still in use.
  • The building features a barrel-vaulted roof, maximizing the number of seats in the arena.
  • The new Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the NBA's Indiana Pacers, was designed in a similar style.
  • The Butler Bulldogs defeated the University of Notre Dame 21-13 in the inaugural game on March 7, 1928.
  • The former Butler Fieldhouse was the home of the Indiana High School Athletic Association's State Basketball tournament from 1928 to 1971, except for 1943-1945 when it was played at the nearby Pepsi Coliseum.
  • The most famous high school championship game took place in 1954, with small-town Milan's improbable victory over powerhouse Muncie Central, owner of the most state championships.
  • The reenactment in the movie Hoosiers, with the fictional Hickory High School defeating South Bend Central, was filmed here as well.
  • The building is a National Historic Landmark and was renamed for early Butler coach Tony Hinkle in 1966.

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Location

510 West 49th Street
510 West 49th Street
46208
Indianapolis
Indiana
U.S.A.

Technical Data

96.00 ft
3
1927
1928
10,757

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
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