3. Visit Hinkle Fieldhouse
We’re into the top-3 of the college basketball bucket list, meaning we’ve reached the cream of the crop. It’s time to take in another dose of history with a trip to one of the most prominent venues in Indiana, historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Home to the Butler Bulldogs, Hinkle opened in 1928 and was renamed in 1966 to honor long time coach Tony Hinkle. The arena has played host to many notable moments in basketball history, including Indiana’s high school state championship games between 1928 and 1971.
Hinkle played host to the 1956 Indiana high school state championship game that inspired the movie Hoosiers, with the climactic title game in the movie being filmed inside the fieldhouse. The exterior of the building has remained largely preserved from its original design since Hinkle Fieldhouse was designated a national landmark back in 1987.
Frequently referred to as Indiana’s “basketball cathedral”, Hinkle Fieldhouse has seen a ton of great moments over the years. Butler has played its fair share of memorable games as well, including playing host to teams that made the Final Four in 2010 and 2011.
Buildings like Hinkle Fieldhouse absolutely ooze history and that makes it a must-visit on the college basketball bucket list. There’s nothing like feeling like you are walking into a place where some of the game’s greatest moments have occurred and few arenas offer it in greater quality than Hinkle.