First round of Hinkle seats sell fast

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Beginning Friday loyal Butler University fans got their chance to own a piece of Bulldog history. Seats from the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse went on sale for season ticket holders. All the seats that went up for sale Friday sold out in an hour.

“I anticipated a huge crowd. There’s a very limited supply. And it’s a supply and demand type of thing,” said McKenzie Beverage, sustainability coordinator for Butler University

The seats are not original to the arena; they were added during renovations in the late 1980s. Proceeds from the sale will go to fund the current $39 million renovation project. Renovations are expected to be completed in October.

Proceeds are also going to the organization People For Urban Progress which will use the money to fund additional IndyGo bus stops.

“We rescue discarded material from the urban environment and redesign them for the public benefit,” said Jonathan Allinson, director of operations and development for PUP.

Hinkle Fieldhouse was originally built in 1928. At one point it was the largest basketball arena in the country. Additional chairs go on sale to the general public Saturday.

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