Video: 10 amazing high school basketball gyms
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There's something magical about high school basketball basketball gyms. The bright lights and school tones, the orange accents of the rim and ball and the rich browns of the hardwood give them a unique color contrast all their own.
How the stands are constructed — multi-decked, round or square, end zones or concrete walls — makes gyms unique.
All present a theater setting that is magnificent viewing from virtually every angle.
We set out to feature 10 of the most unique venues in the country, both historic and contemporary. Hundreds were considered and no doubt there are many more left to explore. Help us feature high school basketball gym gems by reaching out on Facebook
Listed in order of appearance in the video above, read on for a quick glance at our featured gyms.
Martz Hall (Pottsville, Pa.)
Home of the Pottsville Crimson TideYear opened:
Seating capacity: 4,100
Briefly: Called the "Heaven of Hardwood," the original wooden upper deck bleachers remain and are a fan favorite. Also known by locals as "The Mecca," Kobe Bryant, Billy Owens and Sam Bowie played games there.
Raider Arena (Cleveland, Tenn.)
Year opened: 2016
Seating capacity: 2,700
The state-of-the-art, $11 million arena, with an NBA-style "floating floor," replaced the 50-year-old Raider Dome that was deemed structurally unsound.
Hatchet House (Washington, Ind.)Home of the Washington Hatchets
Year opened: 1967
Seating capacity: 7,090
Originally built in 1925, it was replaced in 1966 with the
arena that stands today. An excerpt from stadiumjourney.com
: "The nanosecond you walk into the building you feel the aura
of various championship teams. … The echoing of the crowds, and the
smell of the thick wooden bleachers mixed in with the odor of old
popcorn, flat soda, and stale hot dog buns. The Hatchet House is as
advertised, a perfect example of a Hoosier Temple."
John Q. Hammond Arena (Tulsa, Okla.) Home of the Union Redskins
Year opened: 2003
Seating capacity: 5,662
Briefly: A giant video screen is at the center of the $22-million
facility, that also hosted the Summit League men’s basketball tournament
from 2005 to 2008.
Wildcat Den (Chinle, Ariz.)Home of the Chinle WildcatsYear opened:
Seating capacity: 7,500
Featured prominently in the Netflix series "Basketball or Nothing,"
the $23 million facility was built on the Navajo Reservation and is reportedly the
14th-largest high school gymnasium in the country. Also featured in the MaxPreps Beyond the X series Rez Ball
Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena (Duncanville, Texas)Home of the Duncanville Panthers and PantherettesYear opened:
Seating capacity: 2,000
Briefly: Named after the late Meadows, a 25-year coach for the
Pantherettes (743-120 record) and a 2002 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
inductee. School colors red and blue dominate the gym.
Hinsdale Central Main Gym (Hinsdale, Ill.)Home of the Hinsdale Central Red DevilsYear opened:
Seating capacity: 4,200
Briefly: The bright red looping red ribbons that hang from the ceiling
give immediate energy, as do the many bright red features. More than
120 championship banners dating back from 1909 gives Hinsdale Central
Gym a definite classic feel as well.
Fighting Scouts Event Center (Fort Defiance, Ariz.)Home of the Window Rock Fighting ScoutsYear opened:
Seating capacity: 6,500
Briefly: Also built in Navajo nation, Window Rock is Chinle’s No. 1
rival and many believe they tried to top Wildcat Den with a three-level arena
divided between a 4,000-seat main level, 2,500-seat upper level and
40-seat hospitality suit.
New Castle Fieldhouse (New Castle, Ind.)Home of the New Castle TrojansYear re-opened:
Seating capacity: 7,829
Briefly: Once considered the largest gym in the country when it seated
9,325, The Field House was once tabbed the "Cracker Box" when it sat
just 1,800 back in the 1920s before being rebuilt in 1959 at the cost of
Reed Conder Gymnasium (Benton, Ky.)Home of the Marshall County Marshals
Year opened: 1979
Seating capacity: 6,000
Briefly: Named after a former school superintendent, the late Reed
Conder, this is the considered the Taj Mahal of venues in the
basketball-rich Bluegrass State. It hosts the Marshall County Hoopfest, which has featured such NBA stars as Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose
and programs from more than 20 states.