It’s a gym that has some of the richest history in the state of Indiana and the Wabash Valley and now fans have a chance to own part of that history from the hatchet house.
“4 state championship teams have played on this floor. 4 Mr. Basketballs have played here. A number of sectionals and regionals have happened here,” says Washington Athletic Director Gene Miller.
Pieces of the Washington High School floor will be sold in a fundraiser since the hatchets are looking into a new gym surface for next season.
“This is the original floor of the hatchet house built here in 1967. Honestly, it’s definitely in need of a replacement. There are some bad spots, dead spots.”
The estimated cost for the floor is $180,000 coming out of the money the school board has approved to replace the lower level bleachers as well.
In Sullivan, the golden arrows look to replace some their history too by getting new bleachers.
“The board has approved the purchase of the new bleachers. So we are in the process of securing the financing for the bleachers. We are looking at paying them over a 7-year period,” says Sullivan Superintendent, Chris Stitzle.
Sullivan will keep the wood look. The 28 year-old bleachers are near the end of the ir 30-year life expectancy, the golden arrows are aiming for new safety features.
“Our current bleachers don’t have handrails. The steps are wider than the new bleachers. The steps will be shorter so that will help people get up and down the stairs.”
The bleachers will cost nearly $344,000 but the school hopes to wrap up the 7 year plan early as their payment for the baseball lights end.
Superintendent Stitzle says it’s a needed update, one that will give their fans a better experience.
“I think out fans will be excited. We appreciate the support of our community and our fans I think they will be excited because this facility is used quite a bit by our community.”
Both projects are slated to begin after Memorial Day and wrap up towards the first of August.