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Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Conseco Fieldhouse
Location 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 46204
Broke ground July 22, 1997
Opened November 6, 1999
Owner Capital Improvement Board, City of Indianapolis, Indiana
Operator Pacers Sports & Entertainment
Construction cost $183 million
Architect Ellerbe Becket Architects & Engineers
Tenants Indiana Ice, United States Hockey League (occasional 2004-2014)
Indianapolis Ice (CHL) (1999–2004)
Capacity Basketball: 18,165
Ice hockey / Arena football: 14,400

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is an indoor arena located in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It opened in November 1999 to replace Market Square Arena. The arena is the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association. The Fieldhouse also hosts college basketball games (including the annual Big Ten Conference tournaments), indoor concerts, and ice hockey.

It was originally named Conseco Fieldhouse, as the naming rights to the venue were sold to Conseco, a financial services organization based in nearby Carmel. In May 2010, the company renamed itself as CNO Financial Group, but the Conseco name was retained by the Fieldhouse. In December 2011, CNO Financial Group changed the name of the Fieldhouse to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, after one of its subsidiaries, Bankers Life and Casualty.[1] The Fieldhouse announced on March 13, 2018, that CNO had decided not to renew its naming sponsorship, which expired on June 30, 2019.[2]

In April 2019, a major renovation project for the Fieldhouse was approved by the Marion County Capital Improvement Board. The $360 million project will include a new outdoor entry plaza, new indoor gathering areas, and various interior enhancements. As part of the renovation agreement, the Pacers committed to remaining in Indianapolis for at least 25 more years.[3] Construction will take place in two phases, with the Fieldhouse hosting the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in between the phases. Almost all of the construction work will take place during Pacers offseasons.[4][5] The project will displace the Fever for all of the 2020 and 2021 WNBA seasons, as well as at least part of the 2022 season; that team has announced it will play at Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse during that time.[6]

The arena was built to evoke an Indiana high school and college field house. As such, unlike most other North American sports arenas, it was designed primarily for basketball. The arena can accommodate an NHL-sized rink, but the ice hockey seating capacity is reduced to 12,300 in an asymmetrical configuration.

References[]

  1. Ritchie, Carrie. "Bankers Life Knocks Conseco Off Fieldhouse Title", December 22, 2011. Retrieved on January 27, 2013. 
  2. Fieldhouse to lose Bankers Life moniker after insurer declines to renew naming deal. Indianapolis Business Journal (March 13, 2018).
  3. "Pacers, Indianapolis officials ink deal for arena overhaul", April 12, 2019. Retrieved on September 14, 2019. 
  4. "UPDATE: CIB approves Pacers deal to fund $360M renovation, expansion of Bankers Life Fieldhouse", April 11, 2019. Retrieved on September 14, 2019. 
  5. General, Robert. "Bankers Life Fieldhouse will gain outdoor plaza with skating, lose Fever for two seasons", June 24, 2019. Retrieved on September 14, 2019. 
  6. Indiana Fever (September 5, 2019). Indiana Fever Announce Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse As Home Venue For 2020, 2021 and Part of 2022 WNBA Seasons. Press release. Retrieved on September 9, 2019.

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