But for all its history, Nachand Fieldhouse at one point lost some of its luster as it was in need of repair. Earlier this year, the Jeffersonville Parks Department paid to repair the leaky roof and replace the windows of the city-owned basketball gym at a cost of more than $78,000. In addition, the four separate stairwells to reach the stands above the gym floor have been painted to mirror the colors of the region’s college teams.
“This place looks better now than it has in years,” Potter said. “We’re very proud to have it, and I’m very proud that the city thought enough of it to redo the thing.”
He added that the importance of the building now is that it is still open to the general public.
“There are only four of these buildings left in the state that are kept open for the citizens,” he said. “We still maintain this building for our own community. It’s historical, but we’re still using it for the enjoyment of the community.”
Nachand Fieldhouse is open six days a week and hosts volleyball and basketball games.
“If [people] have any feelings toward basketball and Jeff high school, you should just go up and take a peek. It’s worth it,” Throckmorton said. “It’s a jewel not only in the city of Jeff, but in the state of Indiana.”
And this Saturday some of the history — dating all the way back to 1907 — hanging on the walls in Nachand Fieldhouse will come back to revisit the former center of basketball in the region.
“The old guys still come back,” Potter said.
— Sports Writer Kevin Harris contributed to this report