January 31, 2012

Experience Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse This Week

TOUR PHOTO GALLERY

With the greatest spectacle in sports just down the street from Butler University, fans can come to Butler and take a tour of historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tours are scheduled at the top of every hour during the day leading up to Sunday's big game.

Tours are conducted by Butler's ticket manager Matt Harris. Harris is an Indianapolis native and Butler graduate. He is in his eighth season as a staff member for the Bulldogs.

On the tour, fans can get an intimate look at one of college athletics' most famous buildings. Opened in 1928, Hinkle (formerly Butler) Fieldhouse has been the host to six U.S. presidents, the Billy Graham Crusade, the Sonja Henie Ice Show, four professional basketball teams, the U.S. Olympic basketball trials, the first USSR-USA basketball game, all-star basketball games for the NBA, ABA and the East-West College All-Stars, the nationally prominent Butler Relays in track, tennis matches of both Bill Tilden and Jack Kramer, the 1982 World Goal Ball Championships, a three-ring circus, several equestrian events, the Roller Derby, a six-day bicycle race and the popular movie "Hoosiers." The building also housed the United States Air Force and Navy as a barracks during World War II.

For more information regarding tours of the historic building located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, call 317-940-9390.

REMAINING TOUR SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Thursday, Feb. 2
Every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Friday, Feb. 3
Every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.