Post by tom22 on Nov 29, 2018 12:31:10 GMT -6
"The Jungle" is on campus and is still there. I believe the women's b-ball team plays their home games there. I believe it seats around 2,500. Kind of looks like a typical, mid-sized IN high school gym. The good thing is that is is right on campus. The bad thing is that it is pretty small. The Indiana Farmers Coliseum - as a lot of people may know - is at the Indiana State Fairgrounds near 38th Street and College Avenue. This is about 5 miles NE of the downtown campus. It is a nice, renovated facility, originally built in the 1930's, which gives it a classic, old time arena look. It seats about 6,500 for basketball - which is a great size for a mid-major basketball team. The team hasn't been seeing big crowds - but winning could help with that. I'm thinking there will be a good sized crowd for the Ball State game this Saturday. May be about half and half IUPUI and BSU fans. If they could get 4000 fans in the place, it would be a decent crowd and look fairly full. If the team does well this season - they may be able to start getting several thousand - and maybe more there for games. The location is pretty good as far as nearness to a large number of people. The near north side has pretty good density and is near plenty of decent neighborhoods where folks may be interested in seeing a local college game. Ideally, a nice 7000 seat arena could be built on campus - bus there are no plans for that to happen in the near future. If crowds start filling up the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, it could become the new "Jungle" or "Jungle II". Could get plenty loud in there. It is the old arena where the ABA Pacers played back in the 60's and early 70's. It used to seat about 10,000 - but has been upgraded with more aisle space, leg room, better seating, etc. - which reduced the capacity. The Indy Fuel ECHL hockey team plays there also.