Hobart officials make headway on Brickie Bowl

2013-10-20T20:30:00Z 2013-10-21T07:15:07Z Hobart officials make headway on Brickie BowlDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | City officials recently toured the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis to garner renovation ideas for the old Brickie Bowl.

Hobart Park Superintendent John Mitchell said he and other officials toured the Butler stadium recently while attending the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Conference in Indianapolis.

"The Butler University stadium is similar to the Brickie Bowl, so it gave us some good ideas for our first two phases of work," Mitchell said.

The Butler Bowl, home to the Butler University Bulldogs football and soccer teams, first opened in 1928.

The Brickie Bowl, according to local historians, held its first game Sept. 18, 1939.

Mitchell and other city officials have said they want to return the Brickie Bowl to its former glory days.

"There was lots of grumbling when they closed the doors and forgot about it, and it got real dusty. ... The Brickie Bowl will make a comeback," Mitchell said.

He said officials are considering construction of a stage at the Brickie Bowl, even though parts of the stadium are in a floodplain.

"As long as we build above the floodplain, it's good to go," Mitchell said.

He said he doesn't expect any work to be done at the Brickie Bowl this fall, but the architectural firm Ratio will be putting some drawings together so costs can be estimated.

The Hobart City Council in early August approved ownership transfer of the Brickie Bowl from the School City of Hobart to the city.

The school corporation, in exchange, obtained the city-owned property behind Fire Station No. 1, adjacent to Joan Martin Elementary School on 10th Street.

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