Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, debuted November 6, 1999, as Conseco Fieldhouse. The 18,165-capacity indoor arena replaced the 25-year-old Market Square Arena that was vastly outdated for the NBA at the turn of the century. The home of the Pacers was designed to stand out among the other arenas in the league as it is meant to emulate the copious high school basketball fieldhouses throughout the rich, basketball state.
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There are multiple areas to eat inside the facility, including quite an array of traditional pub food, healthy choices, and a little fine dining. The two main eating sections are broken into food courts (Indiana Star and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pavilion) featuring common sporting event options of pizza, burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, nachos, ice cream and pork tenderloin sandwiches. There is also the Union Smokehouse that offers barbecue brisket, pork, chicken, and bbq nachos.
Also, look out for a few carts that offer a lot more flavor such as cheesesteaks, homemade potato chips, brats, street tacos, and build your own nachos. There are various healthier cart options that include fruit smoothies, salads, and gluten free items.
There are also two restaurants that are accessible with your ticket that may not be noticeable to the first time visitor. The Varsity Club is located on the second level. Inside there is a bar area, dining tables and counter-height table and chairs that look out over the arena. The view of the game is further highlighted by the massive buffet that will cost an additional $29.95 and offers an impressive selection of chef-inspired cuisine.
The Locker Room Restaurant features pub fare such as gourmet burgers, salads, sliders, nachos and the list of beverage offerings include microbrews, wines, cocktails, and other beers. The restaurant is accessible to ticket holders in rows 1-7 in sections 1-20 and is filled to the gill during halftime.
The Pacers have done a splendid job of creating an energetic atmosphere that starts in the main lobby. The atrium itself mimics an old train station and is where you witness the hustle and bustle of pregame activities taking place. The events include at times a barbershop quartet, a live band, or a drum band getting ready for the game. Fans are provided the chance to take in this musical environment as they purchase their tickets and walk up the stairs being greeted by staff and cheerleaders.
There is always a smile on the faces of young ones when they see Boomer the mascot greeting them, or balloons and face paint booths near the entrance.
There is a sense of nostalgia with painted advertisements on the brick interior walls throughout the main concourse and plenty of vintage basketball memorabilia that could be a museum itself located behind glass cases. There is quite a few gems including old programs, jerseys, advertisements, and other paraphernalia from all eras of Indiana basketball.
An enormous video board hovers above the court and offers fans a crystal clear view of the action from anywhere in their seats.
The Pacers' gift shop has an array of team merchandise, but is a little cramped for the size of the arena. However, there are a couple of stands and one station that can personalize a jersey with your name on it located on the main concourse. The team does a great job of selling retro merchandise that includes items from its ABA days and even from the movie Hoosiers.
The fieldhouse is in the heart of downtown Indianapolis and even closer to retail and restaurants than Lucas Oil Stadium down the street. The only problem is choosing which place to grab a drink or eat before or after the game.
Located near the arena is the local favorite Kilroy's Bar and Grill offering 40 flat screen televisions, shuffleboard, and video games and their famous pepperoni stuffed breadsticks. Another fan favorite, Scotty's Brewhouse, is a short walk and is another popular destination before or after the game serving traditional pub food and craft beer from 3 Wise Men Brewery. A few more favorite spots after the game that are nearby the fieldhouse are the Coaches Tavern, The Pub Indianapolis, and Tin Roof.
If you have some time in town I would recommend visiting the neighborhoods of Mass Ave. and Fountain Square where one can enjoy live music, craft beer, fine dining and a little shopping at local retail shops.
The fan base can be fickle at times when the team is not playing at playoff caliber, but that is expected for many others across the nation. With that being said, there are legions of dedicated fans who wear the blue and gold no matter what the team's record is at the moment. The fans are friendly towards visitors and make themselves heard through various cheering sections throughout the building. One thing is for certain, most people enjoy their time during a game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The arena is easily accessible from the major interstates of 70, 65 and 465 with parking abundant throughout the downtown vicinity. After the game, exiting these facilities takes a little knowhow of the one way streets of Indianapolis, but signs are posted that direct customers to their desired route back home. Traffic moves smoothly during this time as well, as there are officers who are stationed to keep cars moving. The same can be said for moving around the building during the game. Bathrooms, entrances, and seating areas are well marked.
Parking ranges from $10-$20 the closer you arrive near the fieldhouse. I would recommend parking at the Circle City Centre Mall where the average price is $5 for five hours of parking.
Upper bowl seating will cost between $15-$39, while lower bowl seating is a little more at $45-$82 a seat. On Tuesdays fans who buy two select tickets will get both for 50% off and on select Family Nights, families receive a voucher for a hot dog, bag of chips, and a Pepsi product with each ticket purchase, with prices starting at $14.
The seats in the upper deck can be a little steep, but they do provide a great view of the court and play. There are many great vantage points from many levels and courtside seats put you almost in play of the game. The organization provides affordable tickets that include mini game packages that are posted on billboards across the city.
The building itself provides wonderful aesthetics that begin in the main lobby and continues with vintage advertisements painted on brick walls
The collection of memorabilia showcases the building as a basketball-first facility. There is an impressive array of items from former professional clubs from the city, local high schools, and the major universities and colleges in the state.
A great location near many bars, restaurants, and a few shops. The area is well lit, clean, and safe. If you enjoy walking, explore downtown on foot.
Do not blame Pacers management if you do not have a good time at the game. The only problem is choosing the course before, during, and after the game in terms of food and beverage. A night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse offers traditional pub food, fine dining, craft beer, and NBA excitement. After the game, the choices are even more grandiose in downtown Indianapolis. The choice is yours.
Located in the heart of Indianapolis, Conseco Fieldhouse is a prime example of what a great NBA arena can look like. Fan comfort, great sight lines, and a respect for team history are all major factors in making for an enjoyable basketball experience.
You got to love Conseco Fieldhouse. It may not be a household name but it's very fun. The fans are easily 5 out of 5 stars. Considering the fact that this is the basketball state, the fans are always into the game no matter what. With an improved squad ready to go this season, I expect the fans to be much better and the Fieldhouse.
Located in the heart of Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse is a prime example of what a great NBA arena can look like. Fan comfort, great sight lines, and a respect for team history are all major factors in making for an enjoyable basketball experience.
Built in 1999, Bankers Life Fieldhouse has withstood the test of time and still remains one of the best places to watch a game in the NBA. Formerly known as Conseco Fieldhouse, the arena has won multiple architectural awards both for its roof design commemorating the Indiana high school fieldhouse design as well as for its layout, which makes guests feel like they are at a high school basketball game in Indiana.
Upon entering the arena, guests and patrons do not enter the facility in a traditional manner. Rather, they enter into a side pavilion where the ticket offices, team store, and grand entrance to the arena can be found. The arena serves as an anchor to the east side of Downtown Indianapolis and was instrumental in Downtown Indianapolis' 2012 Super Bowl celebration.
Although Bankers Life Fieldhouse is a fairly new facility, it has already been the site of the 2000 NBA Finals, the 2009 WNBA Finals, and the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008-2012. The facility is also a frequent site for the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.
This is a great place to see a basketball game. It has the old school with modern architecture. The latest addition to this venue is the massive scoreboard that runs right above the court from free throw line to free throw line. It reminds me of the one they have in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. The big difference is this one fits in better. It's not an eye sore like the one in Big D is. This addition along with the history of Indiana basketball in the concourse areas enhances the whole experience of seeing a Pacer game. In you happen to be in the area, go see for yourself. You won't be wasting your time.
Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, debuted November 6, 1999, as Conseco Fieldhouse. The 18,165-capacity indoor arena replaced the 25-year-old Market Square Arena that was vastly outdated for the NBA at the turn of the century. In Indiana, basketball is a way of life from the early ages, and high school gymnasiums are among the largest in the world. Bankers Life Fieldhouse fits the motif of a world-class arena in this basketball-rich state.
The food is great.The atmosphere makes you feel like you are at a basketball game and a nice one.the neighborhood is okay there is not that many restraunts around the stadium.Parking is great because you have numerous of parking garages that are not to expensive.The fans are great expecialy in the playoffs they are full of energy and are not annoying at all they have all the fans loud and i love area 55 and the g2 zone which makes every thing perfect.Price are not to expensive at all.I got tickets in the Fedex zone close to the court for only 30$.This stadium is definatly a fieldhouse.It is almost perfect!!!
Beautiful place, so much history on both concourses, friendly staff, and a team that is on the rise. Unfortunately, a couple of problems that have to be noted. First, it took about 20 minutes to enter the building, from lineup to ticket scan. When gates open only an hour before game time, that is not enough. There were huge bottlenecks at the security gate and nobody was organizing it. Simply the worst process I have encountered in a Big 4 organization.
The other problem is the food, I had a pork tenderloin sandwich at $7, it might have been loin but it wasn't tender.
Other than that though, really a great place to watch a game, aesthetically one of the most pleasing arenas in the league.
This is the best of the 18 current NBA venues that I've seen and counting. Indy is proud to call this place home. A big nod to the Hinkle Fieldhouse here.
The concourse areas are filled with Indiana basketball history. If you had to pick one and only one NBA venue to see, this would be it.
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