Constructed in 1928, Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, a National Historic Landmark, was once the country’s largest basketball arena, and played host to the legendary Indiana high school basketball tournament immortalized in the movie Hoosiers.
RATIO was chosen by the University to enhance the fan’s game day experience, provide modern and competitive student-athlete amenities and stabilize the building’s deteriorating historical facade while limiting impact on the “magic of Hinkle”.
RATIO teamed with several specialist consultants to complete this phased preservation and architectural project while allowing ongoing use throughout construction.
Work to public areas included restoration of the exterior brick masonry and steel sash windows; seating bowl improvements; a new sports media room, spirit shop and VIP club room; installation of a new scoreboard; and an overall concourse renovation with improved wayfinding and graphics.
Re-programmed team spaces include new locker rooms and offices for men’s and women’s basketball; locker rooms for football, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer and golf; a new team facility for strength training, physical therapy, hydrotherapy and academic success; and an Athletic Department administrative suite.