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Case Study: Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse

PaulPicButler01Butler University in Indianapolis is home to one of college sports most historic venues. Hinkle Fieldhouse was the largest basketball arena in the country when it was constructed in 1928. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. In 2011, a major renovation was begun. Upgrades included the main entrance, improved seating, a new video board and new locker rooms. In addition to facilities 
improvements, Butler wanted to celebrate their history with 
grand-format graphic installations throughout the complex. Firehouse offered up a variety of graphic solutions to integrate with the historic structure.

“Firehouse did an outstanding job on a number of projects associated with the Hinkle Fieldhouse renovation. Given our experience working with them over the years we knew what to expect: they were creative, detail oriented and organized throughout the whole project.”
Mike Freeman
Associate Athletic Director – External Operations

Butler02Butler04Butler05Firehouse partnered with Butler to produce and install a variety of graphics throughout the Fieldhouse. The main entry corridor has 
the Butler name and historic photos reproduced on mesh banner 
and installed within the steel support trusses. Hallway walls were 
first refinished with a smooth board and then wallpapered with 
historic team photos. A 100-foot-long mural celebrates the history of the Butler Bulldogs. It is mounted directly to the corridor wall with concrete PSV.

“We could not have picked a better partner than Firehouse for our graphics and imaging for Hinkle Fieldhouse. Firehouse blew our expectations out of the water. We look forward to showing off the work Firehouse completed for many years to come.”
Carl Heck
Associate Athletic Director – Internal Operations

Butler03The $36 million renovation took several years to complete. The goal of upgrading the fan experience was realized without losing or compromising the history. The graphics integrate perfectly with the structure.


Paul Meek
Vice President of Operations


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