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The new Fieldhouse at Hononegah Community High School is a testament to the strength and resilience of its residents. Following the collapse of their sports dome in an ice storm, the community rallied. A referendum was approved to replace the resource with a 90,000 SF addition to the school.
Because of its prominent position near a major intersection, the addition will be a focal point to the public. As visitors approach, they will see the integration of the school’s brand throughout. They will arrive through a gated entrance plaza, that also serves as a ticket area for both the stadium and the Fieldhouse. Inside, the vibrant color scheme and graphics, that reinforce school spirit, are tempered by natural finishes such as wood and polished concrete.
The 64,000 SF Fieldhouse will include a 200-Meter track, space for pole vault, long jump, high jump, and shot put. With bleacher seating for 2,600 spectators and a wood competition court, the fieldhouse is ready to host IHSA events with four basketball courts, along with volleyball, badminton and tennis. Batting cages will also be available.
The addition will also include a new entry lobby, Men’s & Women’s locker rooms, athletic training area, offices, toilet facilities and storage.
The second floor will have a fitness room and multi-purpose room, both with views to the stadium. In addition to exercise equipment, the fitness room is outfitted to support suspension training; a strength training approach where the athlete leverages their own body weight by suspending themselves from a system of ropes and webbing. The area also includes a multi-lane, synthetic turf field for strength and agility training. Designed with flexibility in mind, the multi-purpose room expands into the fitness area when the overhead doors are open. A unique feature here is that alumni will have access to the multi-purpose room for events; with its view to the stadium, it will undoubtedly be popular for entertaining during games.