The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse - History, Heart, Hinkle
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About Hinkle Fieldhouse

About -hinkle -fieldhouseHinkle Fieldhouse has reigned as one of the nation's great sports arenas for more than six decades. The classic facility was constructed in 1928 and has stood the test of time, maintaining the splendor, character and atmosphere that makes it one of the nation's most famous basketball arenas.

The Fieldhouse, which remained virtually unchanged for more than 60 years, received a major facelift during the summer of 1989. The renovation was geared toward upgrading the facility, while retaining the history and nostalgia of the home of "Hoosier Hysteria."

Since the Fieldhouse opened in 1928, no other facility in Indiana has accommodated so many people over so long a period and for so many different purposes.

Hinkle Fieldhouse has hosted:

  • Addresses by seven U.S. presidents, a Nobel Laureate and other civic leaders.
  • A barracks for military trainees during WWII.
  • Games played by basketball greats John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, George McGinnis and Larry Bird.
  • U.S. Olympic Basketball Trials, Indiana Pacers games and the first ABA All-Star Games.
  • Indoor track meets, the Roller Derby, a six-day bike race and tennis matches.
  • Jesse Owens' run to tie the 60-yard world indoor record.
  • The Billy Graham Crusade, Sonja Henie Ice Show and a three-ring circus.
  • Lectures, concerts and commencements.
  • The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) basketball championships from 1928-1971
  • Filming for the movie "Hoosiers," recreating the "Milan Miracle" from the IHSAA 1954 championship game.