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Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Indianapolis, IN

Home of the Indiana Fever

3.6

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Bankers Life Fieldhouse (map it)
125 S Pennsylvania St
Indianapolis, IN 46204


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Year Opened: 1999

Capacity: 18,165

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I Got the Fever

The Indiana Fever have been one of the more successful entities in the WNBA since their debut in 2000, and after a few years of championship aspirations, the team captured its first title in 2012. It was the first professional basketball championship in Indianapolis in 39-years and in a city where character, good play and excellence on the court matters the most, these ladies fit the mold to perfection. However, what about the average naysayers who thumb their nose at watching female professional basketball during the summer months? Bollocks, these chaps do not know what they are talking about.

3.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

There are great food choices from Quaker Steak and Lube Wings, Donato's Pizza, Hardee's, and All-A-Brat You. The concession stands are all presented in a food court setting with tables and chairs against beautiful retro paintings on brick walls. There are also a few spots for craft beer, gluten free options, ice cream and your typical burgers and fries. The prices are somewhat modest for an NBA-style arena, but there is not too much that is so overpriced that you would starve yourself. There are reasonable choices and if you go hungry during a Fever game-it's your own fault.

Atmosphere    4

The same type of environment that exists at a Pacers' game is also mirrored at a Fever game. If you are not in a good mood before the game, you soon will be. Once you walk in through the front entrance, you are greeted by music, a live DJ, autograph signing from the team mascot, balloon sculpturing, and plenty of food and spirits. However, when the Pacers are still battling in the playoffs, you will see copious remnants of the NBA team throughout the concourse. This is not a terrible thing, since the Fever are also on exhibition prominently throughout the facility. There is also plenty of basketball history on display in various sections. You could spend a lot of time walking around staring at pictures, viewing old magazines and game programs, or other memorabilia. The Fieldhouse is truly a wonderful place to watch and learn about the game of basketball.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is an enormous facility and WNBA games do not usually sell out, but that is OK, since most of the upper deck seating is sectioned off in order to create a smaller arena. Usually, I hate when stadiums have curtains or roped off sections. In places like Oakland and the old Meadowlands Arena, it stands out like a sore thumb; however, at the Fever game, it blends in quite nicely with the close to 8,000 fans in attendance. In fact, it took me a little while to realize they closed off section on top during y most recent visit.

Neighborhood    5

Situated in downtown, Bankers Life Fieldhouse is within easy distance from hotels, malls, chain restaurants and apartment buildings. As I write this review in June of 2013, a few lofts, bars, and hotels are being built just steps away from the arena.

It is a safe place to stroll around before and after the game and you could definitely make a nice day spending time in downtown Indy. However, do yourself a favor and visit either Mass. Ave. or The Fountain Square neighborhoods. Here is where Indianapolis gets to be a little eclectic and showcase a few local eateries and retailers. There is an array of nice bars, small businesses, and restaurants that are little bit hipper than the ones found in downtown.

On Mass Ave., Bakersfield is one of those small places that have delicious corn tortilla tacos (get at least three of them); while Chatham Tap has great beer (Champaign Velvet is amongst my favorite to wash down with Fish and Chips or a St. George's Philly sandwich). In Fountain Square, visit B's Po Boys for great sandwiches and Cajun fare, Bluebeard for great atmosphere and local cuisine, or enjoy duck pin bowling or craft beer from Fountain Square Brewery. These are two areas that I frequent when I am in the neighborhood and I suggest you do the same.

Fans    3

If you do well, the fans of Indianapolis will support you. If you are proud to be in the city or help out throughout the community, the fans will fall in love with you. And why not, Tamika Catchings has been the face of the franchise since 2001 and had cemented her legacy long before the Fever brought home a title. When at a game, folks are decked out in Fever gear and will get rowdy when things do not go their way on the court. However, it is a fan-friendly atmosphere at every event.

Access    3

There is adjacent parking in covered lots that are a few steps from the Fieldhouse for a price of $10, but if you are parsimonious like me, you can either search for open lots a few blocks down the road for half of the price or park at the Circle Centre Mall for $2 for the first three hours. There is meter parking that expires at 9 PM Monday-Saturday for $1.75 per hour. Now that is settled, leaving the facility for a Fever game is rather simple and easy. Signs for I-70, I-65 and I-74 are blanketed all over the area and if you get lost, then just relax and make a right and follow the signs again - this is not a difficult metropolis to navigate.

The only thing I would caution out of town fans is that downtown Indy is notorious for its one way streets and for the life of you, please stay away from the Meridian Square circle on weekend nights. The cobblestone streets and pedestrians can make it cumbersome for someone driving a car. The Fieldhouse is close enough to the interstates, that you will be able to get the hang of it easily after the game.

Return on Investment    2

Single tickets for a game can be confusing these days. Depending on the date, Fever tickets could cost you as low as $5 or as high as $68.50. However, check out their website and you will discover multiple deals such as two for one Tuesday and Thursday games, Friday Fever where lower level seating seats cost $24, and Lucas Oil Family Nights. However, if you just happen to purchase tickets out of randomness, you may not find some of these deals. I wish the team would designate a few cheap seats up top for individuals like me, who want to check out a game at the spur of the moment. I know the times have changed and I may just be an old fogy when it comes to ticket prices.

Extras    4

When you have WNBA superstars and legends playing in downtown who have produced eight winning seasons in the past nine years, this is a wonderful feeling. Recognizable names to even the non-WNBA fan, like Tamika Catchings and hometown favorite Katie Douglass are the pinnacle of WNBA talent. The Fever have two banners hanging up; expect these two names to join them when their playing days are completed.

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Bakersfield  (map it!)

334 Massachusetts Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 635-6962

http://www.bakersfieldmassave.com/

Chatham Tap  (map it!)

719 Massachusetts Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 917-8425

http://chathamtap.com/

B’s Po Boys  (map it!)

1261 Shelby St

Indianapolis, IN 46203

(317) 916-5555

http://www.bpoboy.com/

Bluebeard  (map it!)

653 Virginia Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46203

(317) 686-1580

http://bluebeardindy.com/

Fountain Square Brewery  (map it!)

1301 Barth Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46203

(317) 493-1410

http://www.fountainsquarebrewery.com/

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