Bush Stadium

Written by on February 19, 2013 in Historic Miscellania - 4 Comments
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Bush Stadium - Pre-demolition

Bush Stadium, Pre-demolition – Photo by Ryan Hamlett

As many of you may well know, Indianapolis’ historic Bush Stadium, once a mainstay on Indiana Landmarks’ 10 most endangered list, has been saved from total destruction and is currently transforming into the Stadium Lofts (see below), scheduled to open summer 2013.


Stadium Lofts, Artist Rendering – from the Core Redevelopment website

This looks to be a pretty unique and cool set up.

You can check out a few more images from Bush Stadium’s pre-demolition state.

It IS a timely opportunity to send out some unsolicited support for a local organization doing some pretty cool things around town, People for Urban Progress. The people responsible for salvaging and repurposing the roof material for the Hoosier Dome also stepped in and saved thousands of stadium seats from Bush. Some, are being repurposed as bus stop benches around town.

More timely, however, Bush Stadium seats are available this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for purchase, both as individual seats and also as pairs.pupbench

A parting shot from earlier days:


Indians Game at Bush Stadium, circa 1998

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About the Author

Ryan Hamlett, a Fine Arts graduate of Indiana University, turned a teenage fascination with exploring "haunted places" into a love of Urban Exploration or sneaking (not breaking) into abandoned buildings, armed with a camera and flashlight. That passion for photographing urban decay has led him to the Historic Preservation Graduate Program at Ball State University which he'll begin this fall.

4 Comments on "Bush Stadium"

  1. Melody Austin February 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm · Reply

    This is great post Ryan! Makes me wish I was back in Indy to see how it all turns out.

  2. Rhetta Wade February 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm · Reply

    My mother and I really enjoyed going to games there in the 80’s. I even had my picture in the paper when they won one of the AAA championships. I remember seeing Randy Johnson play as well as Razor Shines.

  3. Maggie April 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm · Reply

    I only remember Razor Shines– growing up Kroger gave away free tickets to the Indians game!

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