The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local News

December 4, 2013

NBA D-league team proposed for Wigwam

City announces creation of committee to decide iconic gym's fate

ANDERSON, Ind. —

The Wigwam gymnasium could become the home of an NBA development league if plans proceed from a former area basketball coach.

A plan has been presented by Terrry Thimlar, a former basketball coach at Muncie Central High School and former general manager and assistant coach of the Florida Flame, a now-defunct Fort Myers team in the NBA D-League.

On Wednesday, Anderson city officials announced the creation of a task force charged with resurrecting the iconic gym.

The city's Economic Development Department has formed what it has dubbed the Blue Ribbon Community Committee for the Rehabilitation and Reuse of the Wigwam. 

A press release from the city outlined a plan for the historic arena, which has been vacant and without a tenant since 2011, to be used by an NBA Developmental League team. The plan was presented by Thimlar, currently a sporting event coordinator in Florida. 

Part of the release reads: "Thimlar’s connections to and work with the NBA and its D-League teams brings some hope for an economically viable reuse of the Wigwam. Despite this opportunity, the time is short and challenges many. While Thimlar continues to promote his plan with Anderson community leaders, other leaders in Central Indiana and across the sporting world, time is running out as the ACS considers demolition of Wigwam in the near future."

On Wednesday, Thimlar said the building is too much of a community icon to be demolished. Thimlar's investment group is Wigwam Sports and Entertainment. He said he's received support from investors in Madison County, Indianapolis and Carmel. While the creation of a D-League team is something Thimlar hopes to materialize at some point, he said he's not putting the cart ahead of the horse.

"We have a plan for the Wigwam to be used in a lot of different ways," Thimlar said "One of the possibilities would be a D-League team, but it's much more than that. Right now our major focus is to bring it back to life and make it a viable entity."

Text Only
Local News
  • news_indfloods.jpg County escapes major storm damage

    Despite strong winds and heavy storms Thursday night, Madison County property escaped relatively unscathed. While downed tree limbs and power lines led to a power outage for about 2,000 residences in Anderson, there were no reports of structure damage in the county.

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS -  HB0823 - Fire-Rozelle Johnson - JC 28a.jpg Lightning might have caused Anderson funeral home fire

    A lightning strike is suspected of starting a fire at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Services, Ind. 32 and Rangeline Road, early Friday morning.

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Teen arrested in alleged robbery, battery of teen girl A teen faces felony charges after allegedly luring and driving another girl out to a county road, robbing the girl at knifepoint and leaving the girl out on the road at night.

    August 22, 2014

  • ACS incumbents facing election challenge Most incumbents seeking re-election to various school boards in Madison County will be facing challengers in the November 4 general election.

    August 22, 2014

  • SWAT Challenge to move to Camp Atterbury The 13th Annual Indiana SWAT Challenge will again be hosted by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, but this year will move to a larger venue.

    August 22, 2014

  • Pendleton Heights clips Muncie Central 28-21 MUNCIE — Pendleton Heights began its season with a win, defeating Muncie Central 28-21. Quarterback Jarred Hubble ran for two 1-yard touchdowns and Christian Gonzalez completed both with extra points kicks. Jake Brooks added another touchdown from an

    August 23, 2014

  • Reservoir could be needed shot in the arm The proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir is being described as the needed shot in the arm that would put Anderson back on the map.

    August 23, 2014

  • VanNess, William mug Local Briefs: Aug. 23 A compilation of news items of local and statewide interest as published in the Saturday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Coats: Obamacare won't be repealed U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said the Affordable Care Act will not be repealed and that Congress needs to focus on many modifications to the law affecting health care in America.

    August 22, 2014

  • Anderson cop Richardson loses rank Seven months after Anderson Police officer Bill Richardson was arrested in January but not criminally charged, the department has disciplined the officer.

    August 22, 2014

August Staff Photos


Buy and browse more photos from The Herald Bulletin

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Auto Industry Book
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook