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October 26, 2013

Jim Bailey: Will Muncie Fieldhouse join Wigwam on list of places shuttered?

First the Wigwam was closed. Now there is talk in Muncie that the equally venerated North Walnut Street Fieldhouse could fall victim to the budget ax as school officials look for ways to save money on expenses.

The Fieldhouse, of course, is considerably older and somewhat smaller than the Wigwam. It was built in 1928 at a cost of some $400,000. Nowadays it takes an amount approaching that every year just to keep the doors open.

Like the Wigwam, the Muncie Fieldhouse is not part of an immediate high school campus. It is close enough to Muncie Central High School, however, that some costs can be shared and transportation to and from practices and games is not a major problem.

Right now it seems talk of closing the Fieldhouse is preliminary. Basketball being what it is in Muncie, the school board seems more inclined to shut down a school building or two before thinking of boarding up the historic facility. Sound familiar? Not to mention that fans are just as hot under the collar as were Indian partisans a couple of years ago. And there is talk that gym facilities in the school proper, constructed with Fieldhouse availability in mind, are not adequate for the busy Muncie Central program.

Fieldhouse capacity is listed at 6,547. Years ago it was about a thousand more, at one time hosting one of the single-class semistate tournaments before it was moved to Fort Wayne’s 10,000-seat Memorial Coliseum.

That preceded the construction of other nearby gymnasiums that dwarfed the ancient building. The Wigwam once had 9,012 seats, including bleachers on the stage, reduced to 8,998 by the scorer’s bench and press tables. And new Castle’s famous Fieldhouse was completed a couple years earlier, holding 9,314. Richmond’s seats 8,100.

Seating capacity was terribly important in the days of the single-class tournament when sectionals traditionally were sellouts and the largest facilities available hosted tournaments year after year.

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