Imagine playing Basketball while avoiding support beams littering the gymnasium. This was a common problem for some Indiana State’s first athletes. ISU’s first sporting facilities consisted of an empty field and a basement with support beams. As the Indiana State Normal School, men and women played Basketball and practiced Gymnastics in the basement of North Hall while they played Football in a slightly converted empty field dubbed Parsons Field. Despite these humble beginning, Indiana State began to purchase and build athletic spaces through the support of the school, legislature, and community. Today, Indiana State has over 8 facilities for a range of sports to meet student’s intercollegiate, intramural, and club needs. ISU’s history of athletes avoiding pillars is well behind us.