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List of largest high school gyms in the United States

The largest high school basketball gyms in the United States refers to gymnasiums primarily used by secondary schools for basketball purposes. Most of the largest school gyms are located in the state of Indiana,[1] and in 1998 the New York Times reported that 14 of the 16 largest high school gymnasiums were located in that state.[2]

In March of 2019, The Indianapolis Star reported that the Indiana High School Basketball Historical Society had done research through actual on-site counts, conducting personal interviews, and reviewing architectural blueprints to confirm the accuracy of the list of the largest high school gyms in Indiana. This research confirmed a reordering of the top three sites was necessary, moving Seymour's Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium to the top spot[3]. The previous number one, New Castle's Fieldhouse, was moved to third.

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Current listEdit

The top fourteen in total seating capacity are as follows:

State City Venue Capacity
1 Indiana Seymour Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium 8,228[3]
2 Indiana East Chicago John A. Baratto Athletic Center 8,054[3]
3 Indiana New Castle New Castle Fieldhouse 7,829[3]
4 Indiana Richmond Tiernan Center 7,786[4]
5 Indiana Marion Bill Green Athletic Arena 7,560 [5]
6 Texas Dallas Alfred J. Loos Fieldhouse 7,500[1]
7 Indiana Elkhart North Side Gymnasium 7,373[1]
8 Indiana Michigan City "The Wolves' Den" Gym 7,304[1]
9 Indiana Gary West Side High School Gym 7,217[1]
10 Indiana Lafayette Jefferson High School Gym 7,200[6]
11 Indiana Southport Southport High School Gym 7,124[6]
12 Indiana Washington "The Hatchet House" 7,090[7]
13 Indiana Columbus Memorial Gymnasium 7,071[6]
14 Arizona Chinle Wildcat Den 7,000[8]
Notes
  • One other high school-owned facility has a basketball capacity that would place it in this list—the Round Valley Ensphere, at Round Valley High School in Eagar, Arizona. Although it has a maximum capacity of 9,200 for court sports, it is not included in this list because it is a domed football stadium.[9]
  • The Anderson High School Wigwam in Anderson, Indiana, which was once one of the largest high school gyms in the country with a purported capacity of 8,996, closed in 2011, and remains standing but closed as of August 2016. In August 2014, the school board accepted a plan that will allow for redevelopment of the site while maintaining the gymnasium through at least 2030. When renovations are complete, the school district will have rent-free access to the arena for at least 12 event days per year, plus practices.[10][11]
  • The Muncie Fieldhouse was severely damaged during thunderstorms that took place on November 5th, 2017 and is currently unusable for games until the damage is repaired. Repairs have begun and when reopened, its reported 7,635 seats will place it in the fifth spot. [12][13][14]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Ruibal, Sal (February 25, 2004). "Fieldhouse a cathedral to high school hoops". USA Today. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Johnson, Kirk (March 19, 1998). "High School Basketball; 'Hoosiers' No More, but Heroes All the Same". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b c d "You'd better sit down: Indiana's largest high school basketball gym changes after seating count". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  4. ^ Richmond High School official website (accessed April 3, 2010).
  5. ^ "largest Indiana high school gymnasiums". Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "largest Indiana high school gymnasiums". Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  7. ^ "The Hatchet House–one of Indiana's great high school basketball gyms" at Washington High School official website.
  8. ^ Obert, Richard (February 13, 2010). "Rocking the rez". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  9. ^ "Round Valley Dome: Information". Round Valley Unified School District. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Cook, Bob (February 21, 2013). "Anderson, Indiana's Once-Mighty Wigwam Gym: Still Dead". Forbes. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  11. ^ Hirsch, Stuart (August 28, 2014). "Wigwam saved from wrecking ball". The Herald Bulletin. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "Kyle Neddenriep's favorite basketball venues". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  13. ^ http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2017/11/05/tornado-watch-issued-until-7-p-m-sunday/833858001/
  14. ^ http://www.thestarpress.com/story/sports/high-school/2017/11/05/central-athletics-makes-short-term-plan-after-storm-damage/834561001/

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