The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse - History, Heart, Hinkle
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Barry CollierA Letter from the Athletic Director

Dear Friends of Hinkle Fieldhouse,

History. Heart. Hinkle.

These words tell of a special place in Indiana. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hinkle Fieldhouse is the historic basketball arena of the Butler University Bulldogs and much more.

Since its opening in 1928, Hinkle has hosted it all: seven U.S. presidents, high school state championships, World War II U.S. military barracks, the Butler Relays track meets featuring a world record by legend Jesse Owens, a three-ring circus, a six-day bicycle race, the roller derby, graduations, conventions, four professional teams and more. The fieldhouse was originally called Butler Fieldhouse, and was renamed in 1966 to honor Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle, who coached at Butler for 41 seasons ending in 1970.

Coach Brad Stevens has said that Hinkle Fieldhouse "is for somebody that appreciates tradition, somebody that appreciates history. And oftentimes, those are people that appreciate team."

I believe this appreciation is at the core of our attitudinal guideā€¦The Butler Way.

In 1987, Hinkle Fieldhouse was declared a National Historic Landmark based on its role in "transforming college basketball." Indeed, over the years, more than 5 million fans have cheered the Butler Bulldogs in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Our nation also learned of Hinkle through the 1985 film "Hoosiers" when actor Gene Hackman and his team measured the height of the rim and announced that it was 10 feet high, just like every other rim. His inspired Cinderella team won the state championship just like in the real-life story of Milan High School in 1954. For more than 40 years, the Indiana boys' basketball state champion was crowned at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Hinkle Fieldhouse has been at the heart of Butler and Indiana pride for more than eight decades. With sunlight streaming through the roof-level windows, a Saturday afternoon spent watching basketball at Hinkle Fieldhouse is a hoop enthusiast's dream. The court is so revered by players from every decade that some call it the best ever.

Yet, time and weather have strained Hinkle's venerable architecture. Renovations must be completed to maintain the building's structural and historic integrity, as well as improve its functionality as it begins its ninth decade of service to Butler students and fans.

Butler wants to preserve Hinkle and provide an even better experience for all who visit the Fieldhouse, while improving the facilities and resources used by all student-athletes who train, play, study and learn there.

Therefore, I invite you to participate in The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse. Please help Hinkle continue as a place of heartwarming pride, where Bulldog and Indiana history can continue for decades to come.

Barry Collier '76
Athletic Director
Butler University