It is a Friday night. Everyone is looking for something to do. There is a basketball game, and you don't want to miss the game and maybe miss one of the best games of they year. Basketball games in the State of Indiana can be some of the most fun things to do. You will always remember your high school days and you don't want to miss this opportunity to add a memory to that list, but nobody goes to the games anymore. You don't want to go to the game and be there by yourself. Should you go to the game anyway? This is the way the high school kids are thinking these days. Everyone used to go to the games. People these days only go if there isn't anything else to do. The IHSAA changed Indiana sports from one large group to the divided classes. The schools are grouped by school enrollment. The system was put into place for the smaller schools (Wolf 50). The smaller schools got sick of being beat around by the larger schools like Anderson High School and Ben Davis. The principals of the smaller schools worked their way onto the IHSAA board (Wolf 51). Before the 1997-1998 season, in a 12-5 vote, Indiana high school basketball was changed to the class system. Indiana basketball would never be the same after that vote. If the board would have changed the system to a two-class system, they might not have suffered all the faults that they have today.
Since that 1997, decision Indiana basketball has suffered through some tough years. The attendance and revenue at basketball games has plummeted. Anderson High school is a great example. The Wigwam, Anderson's home gym, used to be packed to a capacity of 8996 during every boy's basketball game. If you go to an Anderson game these days, you will find that it is only about one-third full (Wolf 52). In 1984 Anderson sold 5,600 season tickets and now Anderson sells around 1,100 season tickets (Wolf 52). Anderson games don't come anywhere close to the atmosphere they used to have at the Wigwam