Edinburgh Gymnasium – Edinburgh Community High School Lancers

by | Mar 9, 2018 | Basketball, High School Basketball, Marc Viquez

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Home of the Lancers is Worth a Look

It is a rather warm night in early March and about an hour before the game the streets surrounding the Edinburgh Gymnasium are quiet. A few cars pull into the small parking lot directly across the street from the main entrance and folks in the school colors of the red and black pile out. The main historic district is a ghost town, the sounds of birds chirping in the distance fill the air, and the slight slamming of car doors echo in the distance.

“Why did we get here so early?” a young girl asks her father.

“So, I wouldn’t have to park a mile away,” he replies.

Indeed, a little after tip-off the parking lot was near capacity, the streets were lined up with motor vehicles and inside the home of the Edinburgh High School Lancers was packed with fans from both teams who found a seat or area to stand to watch the third night of sectional games. The Lancers faithful hope to hang a state championship banner from the rafters of the gymnasium’s ceiling.

Food & Beverage 4

The tiny arena offers something that many facilities of its kind do not offer, multiple concession areas of sales. The main concession stand is directly outside the seating area offering the usual products found at many other high schools in the state. All products range between $1 to $3 with Chiki-fil-A sandwiches topping off around $4.25 a sandwich. The main concession area is large enough to handle larger crowds and the two stands inside the seating bowl offer a little more variety of snacking options at the game: fresh baked cookies (4 for $1) and pizza slices and cotton candy ($2 each).

Atmosphere 4

The gymnasium was built in 1957 and follows the same design patterns as other gymnasiums built in that era including New Castle, Connersville, West Vigo, and Southridge High Schools. However, it’s much smaller featuring nine rows of seats from the top concourse to the main court.

The walls are decorated with Johnson County championship banners dating back to the early 1930s along with conference opponents banners and local business ads. There are two Final Four banners that hang from the rafters, one for the 2012 basketball team, and banners honoring two former players who are enshrined in the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame: Moses Pruit (Class of 1916) and Bill Depp (Class of 1957). Depp’s, whose number is also retired by the school, 65 points and 31 rebound effort against Charlottesville his senior season is still a school record.

The building packs large crowds when the Lancers are posting winning records and the seats fill up soon after tip-off. With the number of people in the stands and the low ceilings, the noise can reach high decibels. The student section alone does a majority of the cheering from their seats on the west side of the gym.

Neighborhood 3

Edinburgh consists of 4,800 residents and is about 30 minutes south of Indianapolis on US-31 or I-65. The town is known mostly for the Outlet Mall that bears its names and is visible off the interstate. Here, visitors can find discounted merchandise and plenty of places to eat and sleep during their visit.

The Great American Grill, Max & Erma’s, and Montana Mike’s Steakhouse are just a few of the dining options near the outlet mall’s parking lot. Lodging options include Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Best Western. 

The town does feature a historic district that is one block offering a few bars and retail options, along with El Jefe Mexican restaurant just around the corner. Hickory Hills BBQ is on US-31 offering smoked meat by the pound and sandwiches in a simple decor establishment, but it is closed for a period during the year.

Fans 4

Lancer’s fans are a notable bunch who enjoy a winner, not surprisingly when their team is scoring in bunches they cheer in unison that raises the roof and the decibel level in the building. However, when the Lancers are in the funk, the fervor of frustration can also be head from these same fans.

Access 4

The gymnasium is easy to get around since it consists of only one main concourse, but during heavily attended games, the crowds can become congested during half-time concession visits or when fans exit the building. Thankfully, there are numerous doors that open up to the main street outside the gym to ease congestion woes. There are two ample sized bathrooms located outside of the gymnasium’s entrance in the school’s lobby and it’s location near I-65 and SR-31 makes for easy access by car.

Return on Investment 3

The price of a ticket to a regular season game is $5, much in line with the rest of the schools in the state. The concession prices are affordable, varied, and spaced out nicely to ease traffic for visitors looking for the elusive in-game snack. 

Extras  3

One point is given to the three concession areas that all serve different items. 

The second point for the gym looking pretty good for its age, the seats are remodeled, aisles are nicely waxed, and the place looks as sharp as when it opened over 60-years-ago.

The third point is for the tall water tower reads “Home of the Lancers” that is clearly visible to all motorists in town.

Final Thoughts

The Edinburgh Gym ranks up there with some of the state’s great small fieldhouses. The school’s location off the interstate is close enough to Indianapolis that attending a game is simple and easy. A nice way to spend an evening with 2,000 friends.


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Food and Drink Recommendations

El Jefe Mexican Restaurant

200 E Main Cross St.

Edinburgh, IN 46124

(812) 526-5887

Hickory Hills Barbecue

16021 US-31

Edinburgh, IN 46124

(812) 526-5280

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Entertainment Recommendations

Edinburgh Premium Outlets

11622 NE Executive Dr.

Edinburgh, IN 46124

(812) 526-9764


Exit 76 Antique Mall

12595 NE Executive Dr.

Edinburgh, IN 46124

(812) 526-7676


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Lodging Recommendations

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus/Edinburgh

12210 N Executive Dr.

Edinburgh, IN 46124

(812) 526-8600

Hilton Garden Inn website

Best Western Edinburgh/Columbus

11780 N US Highway 31

Edinburgh, IN 46124

(812) 526-9883

Best Western website

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Crowd Reviews

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Date: 2018-03-10 14:18:27
By: Lancerfan

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We are located off of I-65 not I-69.

Stadium Info

Edinburgh Gymnasium
202 Keeley St.
Edinburgh, IN 46124

Edinburgh Community Schools website

Edinburg Gymnasium website

Year Opened: 1957

Capacity: 2,080

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