INDIANAPOLIS – Construction has begun on a major renovation at the Butler Bowl that will include building a brick press box with multi-use booths and new seating on the west and east sides of the playing surface.
“We believe the Butler Bowl renovations will be a great improvement for our teams,” Butler University Director of Athletics Barry Collier said. “The new press box and seating at the Bowl will provide a great venue for our student-athletes and coaches to compete in and will support their tireless effort to accomplish team goals.”
The renovation of the facility just east of Butler University’s historic Hinkle Fieldhouse will increase the seating capacity to 5,500 with the addition of new bleacher seats along the west side of the field and a section of seating for visiting fans on the east side.
The brick press box will be approximately 40 yards long, reaching between the field’s two 30-yard lines. The main level will have home and visitor radio booths along with private booths for home and visiting coaches. Also, there will be an expanded area for game operations and the top level will house a video booth and an observation deck.
The renovations to the Butler Bowl are made possible by funds raised through Bulldog Club donations and the ButlerRising capital campaign.
Originally built in 1928, the Butler Bowl is home to BU’s football and men’s and women’s soccer programs. The current renovations are scheduled to be completed in time for the fall season.
Recent changes to the Butler Bowl and its landscape have included removal of the Hilton U. Brown Theatre in 2004, installation of a synthetic turf playing surface in fall 2005 and the addition of the Apartment Village on the east side of the complex in 2006.
“The new press box and seating will have its own character, but will definitely fit in nicely sitting between Hinkle Fieldhouse and the Apartment Village,” Collier said.