Wharton Field House
Wharton Fieldhouse was home to the NBA's Tri-Cities Blackhawks from 1946 until they left for Milwaukee in 1951. The franchise started in 1946 as the Buffalo Bisons before relocating to the Tri-Cities after only 13 games. The franchise later moved to Milwaukee (1951), St. Louis (1955) and eventually Atlanta (1968), becoming the Atlanta Hawks.  Legendary Hall of Fame Coach Red Auerbach was Head Coach for the Blackhawks in 1949-50, before accepting the same position in 1950 with the Boston Celtics. In Boston, Auerbach eventually coached the team to nine NBA titles, before serving as general manager and drafting Larry Bird. 
Wharton later served as home to the Quad City Thunder of the Continental Basketball Association from 1987 until the team moved its home games to the MARK of the Quad Cities (now known as the i wireless Center) in 1993. In 2004, USA Today named it one of the top places to watch high school basketball.
Recently it has become the home of the Moline school district Chili Challenge.
- Red Auerbach biography http://www.jockbio.com/Classic/Red/Red_bio.html.
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