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Basketball returns to historic Muncie Fieldhouse

Storm damage shut it down two-years ago
Posted at 3:20 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 12:47:29-05

MUNCIE— The Tuesday evening boys varsity game between Fishers High School and Muncie Central at the Muncie Fieldhouse is more than just another game on the schedule.

The city's historic fieldhouse is back in business, two-years after it was damaged in a November storm.

This will be a big month at the 91-year-old fieldhouse. Besides the regular schedule of games, there is Muncie's traditional holiday celebration, the Muncie Community Christmas Sing on December 8.

The grand reopening of the building is December 13, when both the Muncie Central boys and girls teams take on Logansport. A ceremony will be held between the two games.

GALLERY | Photos of new Muncie Fieldhouse |

Muncie Community Schools Board Member Jim Lowe says repairs to the fieldhouse cost $1.7 million and were covered by insurance. The majority of that money went into roof repairs, with the rest used on a new floor, repairs to the west lobby and repainting.

The gymnasium, which opened in 1928, is one of the largest in the country, with a capacity of over 7,000. For the time being, not all seats will be in use. The east bleachers need repairs, a problem that existed before the building was damaged by storm winds.

Muncie Central's basketball teams have played at Southside Middle School the last two seasons. Now, the boys and girls are back home.