JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- After years of costly upkeep, Jeffersonville city officials helped start the process of renovating the 80-year-old Nachand Fieldhouse on Tuesday.

But it won't be cheap. The cost of upgrading and renovating the building is $1.8 million.

"We decided to quit taking the Band Aid approach and fix this thing the right way," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said. "It was a huge undertaking, and it took this entire community to make this a reality."

More than half of the money came from the John Schnatter, founder of Papa John's Pizza, which is why the building is now known as the John H. Schnatter Nachand Fieldhouse. But More said there are a lot of small donations that mean just as much.

"The $10, $20 checks that we received, a lot of them had little special note along with them," Moore said.

For 80 years, the fieldhouse has been home to basketball leagues, inner-city youth with no place to go and senior citizens trying to stay in shape, but that's just part of the story. The walls are lined with the names, faces and uniforms of a lot of Kentuckiana legends, and preserving that is just as important for people.

Jeffersonville still has to raise about $300,000, but Moore said he doesn't think that will be a problem.

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