Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse is one of college basketball’s best venues, and it will be entering the 21st century this season. Butler’s new conference, the Big East, has provided a bit of financial windfall for the program, and now fans at Hinkle will see the benefits, with a new high-tech scoreboard and seats replacing the bleachers in many sections. Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy has more on the upgrades:
When I visited Butler for a coaches’ roundtable last week, Butler assistant Michael Lewis gave me a tour of the soon-to-be-new Hinkle as construction continued…
Lewis showed where the upgraded suite of basketball offices will be, how the corridors are being widened and freshened to make them more suitable for spectators and how the Bulldogs will soon have a locker room that is worthy of a big-time Big East program.
Hinkle lately has had nothing more than a scoreboard that shows the score, but that is being replaced by one with videoboards visible on all four sides.
The seating area is being renovated so that there’ll be only a few bleachers remaining and the chairback seats installed are more comfortable and modern. That will cost the arena, which previously held 10,000 for basketball, some seating capacity.
With the help of Bulldogs great Gordon Hayward, who recently signed a huge extension with the Utah Jazz, Butler is upgrading team facilities as well.
Butler also has built new weight rooms, training rooms and therapy areas for use by the basketball team and other Bulldogs athletes. Former Bulldogs star Gordon Hayward donated money for the new video theater where the coaches can show game tape to the players.
The new scoreboard looks quite good.
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