Indianapolis Mayor Proclaims a City Observance

INDIANAPOLIS—Butler University will honor the legacy of Indiana high school basketball played in Hinkle Fieldhouse by holding Hoosier Hysteria Day, Dec. 22, at Hinkle. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has proclaimed a city observance of “Hoosier Hysteria Day at Hinkle” that Saturday.

General Hinkle ExteriorFrom 1928-1971, the Indiana High School Athletic Association held annual boys’ basketball tournament games leading up to the state finals in the Butler Fieldhouse. Each March, thousands of spectators caught up in “Hoosier Hysteria” packed the fieldhouse to cheer on their teams. Boys’ semi-state, regionals and sectionals continued to be played at Hinkle well into the 2000s, and the girls’ state finals ran at Hinkle in 1976-1979.

To celebrate that sports tradition, Butler invites fans of Indiana basketball—especially former players, coaches, officials, and other IHSSA participants and fans—to watch the Butler men’s basketball team play the University of Evansville in Hinkle at 2 p.m. Dec. 22.  All Hoosier Hysteria honorees in attendance will be recognized during the game.

Discounted tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis by preregistering through Butler no later than Dec. 19. Tickets are also good for admission to the 5 p.m. Butler’s women’s basketball game versus Indiana State.

Between games, all visitors are invited to a birthday party for bulldog mascot Butler Blue III, also known as Trip.

All Hoosier Hysteria honorees in attendance will be recognized during the game. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has proclaimed a city observance of “Hoosier Hysteria Day at Hinkle” that Saturday.

The event is offered in conjunction with The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse, aimed at preserving and enhancing Butler’s historic arena. 

“The campaign will benefit not only Butler student-athletes but the entire University and the Indianapolis community,” said Campaign Director Betsy Weatherly. “Everyone who steps into Hinkle Fieldhouse will feel the impact of this extraordinary project.”

Hoosier Hysteria milestones at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse included the “Milan Miracle” of 1954, remembered in the film “Hoosiers”; the 1955 IHSAA championship win by Crispus Attucks High School, the first all-black school in the nation to earn a state basketball title; and tournament appearances by many future stars, including John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and George McGinnis.

Media Contact: Courtney Tuell
(317) 940-9807
ctuell@butler.edu

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