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Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

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Hinkle Fieldhouse (named Butler Fieldhouse from 1928 until 1966) is a basketball arena on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Completed in early 1928, it was the largest basketball arena in the United States until 1950. The facility was renamed Hinkle Fieldhouse in 1966 in honor of Butler's longtime coach and athletic director, Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle. It is the sixth-oldest college basketball arena still in use. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987, Hinkle Fieldhouse is sometimes referred to as "Indiana's Basketball Cathedral."

Hinkle Fieldhouse has served as the home court for the Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team since 1928 (with the exception of 1943 to 1945, when it was converted to a military barracks during World War II) and as the site of the annual Indiana High School Boys Basketball Tournament's championship games from 1928 to 1971. In addition to amateur and professional basketball games, it has hosted visits from U.S. presidents, indoor track events and bicycle races, professional tennis matches, circuses, and other civic and religious gatherings.

The Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team won the Horizon League conference title at Hinkle in 2010. Several memorable high school basketball championship games were played at the Butler arena, including the 1954 title game, when tiny Milan High School's basketball team defeated a larger Muncie Central High School team. Milan's team served as the inspiration for the movie Hoosiers (1986), and the final scenes of the film's championship game were filmed at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

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  • I attended a game at Hinkle Field House last week (19 March 2021) watching the Virginia Tech versus Florida first round NCAA tournament game. This is a great venue to watch a game, especially since.....  more »
  • Great OT thriller in favor of the Bulldogs! Awesome venue! Recommend parking a few blocks away on street in neighboring area and walking a few blocks to the field house if you don’t mind a short...  more »
  • Amazingly friendly staff, Assistantant athletic director took time out of his busy day to tell us about the history of the building and renovations he was overseeing. He saw us wandering the concourse looking at the history. Incredibly generous with his time and great ambassador for the school.
  • When in Indy, a trip to Hinkle, located on the Butler University campus, needs to be on your to do list. Built in 1928, Hinkle Fieldhouse was the largest indoor arena in the United States until 1950. The old barn oozes with history having been the site of many and varied events such as: the Butler relays where Jesse Owens ran, a Sonia Henie ice show, speeches by five US Presidents, barracks and training for both the army and navy during WWII, the first USA v Soviet Union basketball game, a NBA all star game, the gold medal men's volleyball game between the USA and Cuba in the Pan Am games, and of course, the site of the final game in the movie Hoosiers.

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