Hinkle Fieldhouse to host open house during renovations

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Season ticket holders had their chance to tour renovations at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, Friday.

The iconic structure – built in 1928 on the campus of Butler University – is undergoing a $34 million face-lift including added seating and its first-ever video board.

“We want fans to come in and still feel like its old Hinkle but we want them to be more comfortable when they’re here and enjoy the experience that much more, said Mike Freeman, Associate Athletic Director for Butler University.

New railings are also being added, as well has new concession stands and bathrooms.

“While it was already an incredible experience coming to a game at Hinkle we think its going to enhance it,” Freeman said.

Renovations are on schedule to be completed by November 1. The men’s basketball team will host the University of Chicago that day in an exhibition game.

There are two other big building projects underway at Butler.

A state-of-the-art student-housing facility is going up and expected to open next year.

A five-story parking structure is also planned between Clowes Memorial Hall and Lake Road.

It’ll be in place for faculty, students, and the community when people come here for events at Clowes or Hinkle.

It’ll include about 15,000-square-feet of commercial and office space on the ground level to house restaurants and businesses.

University officials say those establishments will also serve residents in surrounding neighborhoods.

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