To some the place is sacred. It's the home of Butler Basketball. It's where the movie "Hoosiers" was shot. It's been an icon of athletic achievement since 1928. So, how do you change Hinkle Fieldhouse without taking away from history?
"It's a real challenge, because we want to keep the building in many ways looking like it did in 1928 but certainly want to modernize it in a lot of ways so it's a better facility for our student athletes," said Bill Lynch, the Associate Athletic Director of Development at Butler.
The University is currently in the first phase of fundraising for the $25 million renovation and restoration project.
"From our fans to our student athletes to our staff, everyone's going to benefit from this," Lynch said.
The plan calls for wider entryways and corridors for crowd control. The university also wants to add chair backs to seats up to track level and put in new restrooms.
Student athletes would get new computer labs, a sports medicine facility and a remodelled alumni room is in the works.
New staff and administrative offices would be on the third story of the old, unused natatorium. That part of the building would include special rooms to help recruit student athletes.
The project will also repair and replace parts of the heating and cooling system and the plumbing system.
"We're going to preserve Hinkle Fieldhouse. It's a major renovation project that is much needed. The building is 83 years old and with the great history of the building we want to restore it," Lynch said.
The University is still in the "leadership" phase of the project which means asking for private donations from alumni and other long-time supporters. When more than half of the funds are raised that way, they'll turn to a public fundraising campaign.