New Look Hinkle Fieldhouse

Posted on 10. Nov, 2014 by in Historical

I figured that I couldn’t make Indiana my home until I watched the movie “Hoosiers.” I watched it for the first time this winter. Being a lover of basketball and of sports movies, I really enjoyed it. But the sweetest part of the movie was when they walk into Hinkle the first time.

In all honesty the only reason I knew Butler existed was because I live and breathe March Madness. Of course because of that I had seen quick shots of Hinkle on television, but that never compares to seeing it in person.

Things fit even more into perspective when I went on an official tour of Butler. Butler had been a last minute decision so I didn’t actually get to tour campus until February. At the end of the tour, we got to go into Hinkle Fieldhouse and stand on the court.

If there’s one thing that makes me emotional it’s sports. As I stepped onto center court I started to tear up. Although I was pretty sure I was going to attend Butler earlier that day, this was the icing on the cake. I knew I was going to be a Butler student. As cheesy as that may sound, it’s a true story.

Everything I have heard proved to be correct on Saturday. The place really does light up. I’ve been to some great college stadiums and my high school was a great sports school but this place is something else.

For it being only a preseason game, the place was pretty packed. According to the Butler Men’s Basketball twitter (@ButlerMBB) the attendance was 8,684. As soon as Butler’s fight song came on, almost everyone in the entire fieldhouse stood up and started clapping. The crowd was full of energy and everyone seemed happy to be there. Even though Butler ended up winning 88-45, the crowd clapped and cheered everytime we scored a point. They remained enthusiastic, and not to the point of it being disrespectful.

Butler’s Dawg Pound was clearly having lots of fun and making themselves known. I thought it was neat whenever a three pointer was made the Dawg Pound became a sea of “3’s”. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it for the next game. In fact, I already bought my ticket.

As for the new renovations, the new jumbotron looks fabulous. I often found myself watching the screen instead of the game itself. While the new seating isn’t super noticeable, putting the band on the second level was a great idea. The sound produced by the band put even more life into the arena.

Even though Hinkle has made changes, it still holds it’s historic charm. The fieldhouse is new and improved and ready for a big season of Butler Basketball.

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