North Side Middle School

300 Lawrence St. Elkhart, IN 46514

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North Side Gym

North Side Gym is one of the largest high school gyms in the world.  When it was built in 1954, it was the largest high school gym in the world.  It seated 8,284 with a cost of $1,350,000.  Every seat in North Side Gym had a good view of the floor with no post to block the view of the spectator.  The gym had 16,400 sq. ft. on the main floor, 10,000 sq. ft. on the Mezzanine, and 10,000 sq. ft. in shops and physical education facilities under the Mezzanine. 

North Side Gym was designed to accomodate all of the people of Elkhart.  Because of this it has hosted basketball contests from grade school through the pros, the ice show, circuses, pro wrestling, the Globetrotters, numerous big entertainers including Bob Hope, and was the former home of the MH/RV show. 

In 1989, a $2.2 million renovation took place, which included a new face lift inside and out.  The gym floor was refinished and a new lighting and audio system installed.  New seats replaced the old and the seating capacity changed to 7,373.