In 1973, the price of gasoline hovered around .50 cents a gallon and Americans paid an average of $5,000 for a car. The median household income was $11,000. The price of a concert ticket was around $4-$5 for an evening of entertainment. The very first event to be held in the brand new Hulman Center was an Indiana State University Sycamore Basketball game on December 14, 1973. On February 15, 1974 the doors of Hulman Center opened for the first concert ever held in the building with country artist Charlie Pride, who played for over 8,000 fans packed inside the building.
In Hulman Center’s forty seven years in the community, the building has seen many well–known artist and bands: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aerosmith, KISS, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Van Halen, John Denver, John Mellencamp, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Brett Eldredge among many more. Alice Cooper set the record for highest attendance in 1977 with 11,200 fans in the stands.
Hulman Center has been well known for concerts but also for Sycamore basketball and other community events. We have hosted some of the top names in the entertainment industry and hope to carry on that legacy. We are proud to celebrate the grand re-opening of Hulman Center after a multi-million dollar renovation!