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Hinkle Fieldhouse

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Location: 510 W 49th St, Indianapolis (Marion County), Indiana 46208

Installed 2023 Indiana Historical Bureau, Butler University, Chris and Sally Wirthwein

ID#: 49.2023.2


Side One

Butler Fieldhouse, noted for its design and size, anchored campus sports upon its 1928 opening. During WWII, it served as a military training center. The fieldhouse hosted legendary high school games, such as the 1954 Milan Miracle, which inspired the film Hoosiers, and the 1955 and ’56 state titles won by Crispus Attucks, the first all-Black team to win the tournament.

Side Two

Renamed for Hall of Fame Coach Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle in 1965, Hinkle Fieldhouse has featured sporting, political, and cultural events, ranging from presidential speeches to concerts and circuses. Through 1971, it hosted IHSAA State Basketball Finals each March, the pinnacle of Hoosier Hysteria. It remains a campus focal point and symbol of Indiana basketball tradition.

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