Many things I see here look much nicer -- the blue seating, the new glass entry way, the return of the "bowl" type seating on the ends, even the floor look nice although I too liked the old insignia better.
Many questions unanswered though ????
New lighting ?
New PA system ?
New scoreboard ?
Any new graphics to be added inside, on the concourses, out in the outside corridors where concessions/restrooms etc located.
So while this looks very nice I'm not seeing any pizzazz ....nothing popping out at fans as they enter etc. Looks clean and nicely updated but just as sterile as its looked since it first opened. Hope we'll see some major graphics (like what they did at Memorial Stadium), trophys, pictures etc.
Was there an actual ceremony today ?
Was Tony George there representing the Hulmans -- if so he should have been writing a big check for millions to have the Hulman name continue on the building ---- use that money to make it look like that home of the Sycamores.
They got the deal of the century having their name attached all this years without pumping more cash into the building.
I'd bet it has more to do with the logistics and square footage needs for other events like graduation.I agree it's good to have those seats back. I too wish they were attached to the upper level which would make it much easier for fans to get down there. I'm sure this was the least expensive way to do it. Oh well, I'm glad we got what we did.
Hulman is ~77 miles from NCAA HQ in IndianapolisJust saw that Hulman Center will not be used in any way for the NCAA tournament in Indianapolis. Games will basically be played at all other possible venues except for in Terre Haute. Not that I really care all that much, but it would have been nice to have showed off our newly-renovated arena.
Ball State is not on the list either, but they are the backup should anything happen at Purdue, IU, Butler, etc. We couldn't even get backup status...
because HS courts are 84 feet by 50 feet while the NBA and NCAA play on courts that are 94 feet by 50 feetDoes anyone know the attendance plans for fans for the 2021 NCAA MBB tourney? If strictly or moderatly limited, why leave Indianapolis when there are many suitable HS gymnasia within I465 or just outside of I465? Probably seat 4,000 plus and that would help to create a more suitable, exciting game atmosphere than playing in a nearly empty cavernous building.
ever thought about Ethernet, WiFi, camera angles, broadcasters, hospitality, media booths, shot clocks, food, etc. etc. etc. not as easy as painting some new lines and moving the hoops back. Who would even be in charge of the facility? The principle? AD? Superintendent? Forgive me but I’d rather watch/play/go to a tournament ran by people that know what is going on in a facility that can accommodate such events. I would of loved to have some games in hulman but you can’t possibly think playing the entire NCAA tournament in area high school gyms would ever work.So easy and logical, it will never happen.
on an annual basis the ncaa makes the march madness broadcasts more sterile; all of the floors are identical (lane color, lack of unique center court art) -- there's zero chance the ncaa is going to "raise the profile" of any hs and even LESS chance the ncaa will stage their marque event in a hsI just did a quick review of photos of various MIC gyms and others and find that many have portable bleachers on the ends and plenty of room to lengthen the playing floor by 5' at each end. Several have the floor mounted rims/backboards that would only require pushing back. Others that are mounted overhead might be a bit trickier. Of course, it would require the NCAA to repaint/finish the playing surface to the longer dimensions; however, I expect that cost is minimal, would bring greater 'bubble control', and would probably be welcomed by the chosen High Schools as something that will raise the profile of the school.
I doubt the NCAA will be approving attendance over 1500 for games in any arena so these 6,000 seat HS gyms are just about perfect for social distancing.
So easy and logical, it will never happen.