School board approves $600k for Muncie Fieldhouse repairs

MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Muncie School Board approved emergency spending of nearly $600,000 for repairs to the roof of the historic Muncie Fieldhouse.

The repairs will focus on the roof and parapet of the building, which was heavily damaged during a storm last November. The goal will be to shore up the roof so water does not continue to leak into the fieldhouse, causing additional damage.

Commercial Team Construction of Indianapolis will do the work. The project is expected to take about a month to complete.

A district spokesperson said the board will be accepting bids “in the near future” to repair storm damage inside the fieldhouse – including the basketball court used by the boys and girls teams at Muncie Central High School. The entire court will have to be replaced as part of that work.

The fieldhouse is considered an Indiana landmark and is one of the largest high school gyms in the U.S. Built in 1928, the fieldhouse has hosted numerous events, including a speech by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1938.

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