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“A classic gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hinkle Fieldhouse

Hinkle Fieldhouse
510 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
(800) 368-6852
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Ranked #18 of 138 things to do in Indianapolis
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“A classic gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is the holiest of holies for amateur basketball. What MSG or United Stadium is to the pro game, this is it for college and high school ball.
Made famous worldwide in the movie "Hoosiers" where the small-town players are shocked to be in such a large building and the coach makes them measure the basket to make sure it is still only ten feet high, this place was already a legendary destination for real-life Hoosiers. The historic fieldhouse was on of the largest basketball arenas anywhere in the country when it was first built in the 1920's. At the time it was built, it held far more people than the entire Butler University campus. The high school basketball finals were held here every year for decades.
It's old. You can FEEL its age, but it is a great place to see a game of basketball, relatively inexpensively. upper level seats are still only around $9 day of game. And even though Butler has emerged as a perennial mid-major contender, the stadium still cannot hold the whole student body, so there are almost always tickets available, except when an in-state rival such as Ball State or Valparaiso shows up. Or Xavier out of Cincy. Those games are craaaazy.
Butler has authorized a $20m renovation, and they will be updating some features, including I hear a (gasp!) adding the first jumbotron! Maybe it'll be in sepiatone.
For now, though, you can still pee in a trough like they've done in the men's rooms @ Hinkle for 90 years.
Come early and poke around the exhibits, photos, & trophies, including the Butler Men's Basketball Regional Championship trophies from 2010 (Gordon Heyward's team) and 2011 (Shelvin Mack's).
I cannot wait to go back!

Visited April 2012
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New Castle, Indiana
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“So many great stories took place here.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

If I had the time, I would come here often to catch a basket ball game. I even attended a high school graduation here that seemed so special because of the location.

Thank minus5torr
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Island Lake
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“It's great to be a Bulldog!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

What's not to like when you watch a great game of college basketball on the beautiful Butler University campus!

Visited November 2012
Thank Pam V
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Ojochal, Costa Rica
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“The home of Basketball history - need I say more?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Hinkle Fieldhouse is THE place where basketball made its home in Indiana. You don't have to know the team that's playing, just go to a game and the crowds will make it seem like you're back in the '50s.

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“Possibly the most classic basketball arena on the planet!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Hinkle Fieldhouse is one of the most storied and fabulous basketball arenas ever built. Famous for so many classic Indiana High School basketball championships - remember Hoosiers?

And more recently has obtained more national fame with the success of the Butler Bulldogs. Hinkle is on the Butler campus.
It's a great place to watch a high school or college basketball game - so go sometime.

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