For Butler fans, getting to a game at Hinkle Fieldhouse should be a must this season as it will be the last before drastic changes are made to one of college basketball’s best venues. These changes, which should be finished by the time the 2014-15 season rolls along, include wider concourses, 5,000 new chair-backs and an entire new scoreboard.
This $34 Million project is set to give the Fieldhouse a much more modern look, but everything seems to point to the fact that everyone behind this project is looking to keep the tradition and majesty of what makes it so great alive.
“We want it to feel the same as it did,” Butler’s Athletic Director Barry Collier told USA Today. “So you’ll see the shape of the bowl will not change, the height of the floor will not change, the height of the lights will not change. The hallways will be more like they were in the ’20s, when they weren’t full of coaches’ offices.”
Overall, that will be the most important thing to keep in check as these renovations take place. Everything that is being added to one of America’s greatest college basketball fieldhouses looks to be a positive, but it is important to make sure that what is special about Hinkle is still present in the future.