Anderson High School Wigwam
Anderson High School Wigwam is an indoor arena in Anderson, Indiana. The current version hosts home games for the Anderson High School Indians and was home to the Indiana Alley Cats of the Continental Basketball Association, but is now home of the Anderson Champions of the American Basketball Association. The original arena hosted the NBA's Anderson Packers from 1949 to 1950. It burned down in 1958. The new arena opened up in 1961 and has a capacity of 8,996. It is the second largest high school basketball arena after New Castle Fieldhouse in New Castle, Indiana. Before the construction of Market Square Arena, the Indiana Pacers played several games at the Wigwam. On March 8, 2011, the Anderson (IN) School Board voted 6-1 to close the Wigwam to save an estimated $700,000 annually. As of February 2013 the building was still standing and unused.
Hillary Clinton's visit
On March 18, 2008, U.S. Secret Service agents met with members of Anderson Police Department for a tour at the Wigwam, where Hillary Clinton was due to speak. Her speech at The Wigwam occurred on March 20, 2008 and lasted about an hour.
- Jim Bailey, "Lame-duck Wigwam's 50-year ride has been eventful", The Herald Bulletin, March 19, 2011.
- Vic Ryckaert,"Anderson School Board votes to close Wigwam in budget cutting plan", The Indianapolis Star, March 8, 2011 (pay site).
- Bob Cook, "Anderson, Indiana's Once-Mighty Wigwam Gym: Still Dead", Forbes, February 21, 2013.
- Anderson Wigwam Fan Site
- The other great places to watch high school hoops
- Historic photographs of Wigwam Gymnasium from the Arthur B. Henning Architectural Records Collection
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