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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]

Contents

Current listEdit

The top fifteen in total seating capacity are as follows:

State City Venue Capacity
1 Indiana New Castle New Castle Fieldhouse 9,325[1]
2 Indiana East Chicago John A. Baratto Athletic Center 8,296[1]
3 Indiana Seymour Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium 8,110[1]
4 Indiana Richmond Tiernan Center 8,100[3]
5 Indiana Muncie Muncie Fieldhouse 7,635 [4]
6 Indiana Marion Bill Green Athletic Arena 7,560 [5]
7 Texas Dallas Alfred J. Loos Fieldhouse 7,500[1]
8 Indiana Elkhart North Side Gymnasium 7,373[1]
9 Indiana Michigan City "The Wolves' Den" Gym 7,304[1]
10 Indiana Gary West Side High School Gym 7,217[1]
11 Indiana Lafayette Jefferson High School Gym 7,200[6]
12 Indiana Southport Southport High School Gym 7,124[6]
13 Indiana Washington "The Hatchet House" 7,090[7]
14 Indiana Columbus Memorial Gymnasium 7,071[6]
15 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 the second largest high school gym in the country with a 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. [12][13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h 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. ^ Richmond High School official website (accessed April 3, 2010).
  4. ^ "Kyle Neddenriep's favorite basketball venues". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  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. ^ http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2017/11/05/tornado-watch-issued-until-7-p-m-sunday/833858001/
  13. ^ 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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