Butler has continued to play in this aging treasure, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Last year the school began considering remodeling the brick fieldhouse and recently announced a $10 million plan to modernize the facility while keeping its essential character.
Fundraising for the project couldn’t commence at a better time. But as good as things are now for the program, Butler for many years played in the shadows of other Indiana colleges.
Indiana University and Purdue belong to the mighty Big Ten Conference. There’s also Notre Dame in South Bend, a perennially dangerous team that has never won a national championship in basketball, but which ended UCLA’s record 88-game winning streak in 1974.
And don’t forget that Indiana State briefly held center stage in the state in the late 1970s, when Larry Bird took the Sycamores all the way a memorable showdown with Magic Johnson-led Michigan State in the 1979 NCAA final.