Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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Former names Conseco Fieldhouse (1999-2011)
Address 125 South Pennsylvania Street
Location Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Coordinates 39°45?50?N 86°9?20?W / 39.76389°N 86.15556°W / 39.76389; -86.15556Coordinates: 39°45?50?N 86°9?20?W / 39.76389°N 86.15556°W / 39.76389; -86.15556
Owner Capital Improvement Board, City of Indianapolis
Operator Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County, Indiana
Capacity Basketball: 17,923
Concert: 19,000
Construction
Broke ground July 22, 1997
Opened November 6, 1999; 17 years ago (1999-11-06)
Construction cost $183 million
($263 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Blackburn Architects[2]
Project manager John Klipsch Consulting, LLC[3]
Structural engineer Fink Roberts & Petrie Inc.[4]
Services engineer Moore Engineers, P.C.[5]
General contractor Hunt/Smoot[6]
Tenants
Indiana Pacers (NBA) (1999-present)
Indiana Fever (WNBA) (2000-present)

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is an indoor arena located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It 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.

The arena opened in November 1999 as Conseco Fieldhouse to replace Market Square Arena. The naming rights to the venue were sold to Conseco, a financial services organization based in nearby Carmel, Indiana. 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.[7]

Unlike other multipurpose arenas, the arena was designed primarily for basketball. Nevertheless, the arena can accommodate an NHL-sized rink, but the seating capacity would be reduced to 12,300 for ice hockey, as the seating arrangement is asymmetrical. Many of the seats on one end of the arena have obstructed views, which results in poor sightlines for ice hockey.

Events

The first NBA game held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse was on November 6, 1999 when the Indiana Pacers played their regular-season home opener against the Boston Celtics. Later that same season, the Pacers made it to the 2000 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Games 3, 4, and 5 of that championship series were held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but the Pacers ended up losing that season's title 4 games to 2.

Some of the games of 2002 FIBA World Championship were played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, including semifinals and the final.

In 2009, Bankers Life Fieldhouse was the site for the 2009 WNBA Finals. The Indiana Fever took on the Phoenix Mercury for games three and four of that series, but ended up losing the series. Three years later, the Fever hosted the 2012 WNBA Finals for games 3 & 4 and beat the Minnesota Lynx.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is a host venue for many different events besides home games for the Pacers and Fever. From 2002 to 2007, the venue served as the site of the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in even numbered years while the tournament was held at the United Center in Chicago in odd numbered years. In 2008, the tournament was moved to Bankers Life Fieldhouse exclusively for five years, through 2012. The arena is also a frequent site of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. 2012 will mark the 12th time in 13 years that the tournament has been held at the Fieldhouse. On June 5, 2011, the Big Ten Conference announced that beginning in 2013 the location of both of the conference basketball tournaments for the following four years would be alternated between the Chicago area and Indianapolis. Bankers Life Fieldhouse will again be the site for both men's and women's events in 2014 and 2016.[8] The 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four was also held at the Fieldhouse on April 3 and April 5 of 2011. For basketball, the venue seats 17,923 (18,345 from 1999 to 2006, 18,165 from 2006-2016).

Additionally, the Indiana Firebirds of the Arena Football League played at the Fieldhouse from 2001 to 2004. The venue also hosted select games for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League.

The Professional Bull Riders brought its Built Ford Tough Series bull riding tour to the Fieldhouse for the first time in January 2011.[9] It was their second visit to Indianapolis; they first visited Indianapolis during the 2004 season when they held a BFTS event at the RCA Dome.

High School Sports

In addition to professional events, the arena also hosts the IHSAA State Finals in wrestling as well as both Girls and Boys Basketball. It also occasionally host other high school tournaments as well.

Concerts

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue
October 18, 2001 Janet Jackson 112 All for You Tour 10,707 / 14,420 $592,650
September 10, 2002 Cher Cyndi Lauper Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 11,288 / 13,419 $741,724
August 2, 2003 Tommy Drake 9,285 / 13,362 $573,990
March 30, 2004 Beyoncé Tamia Verizon Ladies First Tour 6,883 / 14,123 $369,175
October 8, 2009 Taylor Swift Gloriana
Kellie Pickler
Fearless Tour 13,373 / 13,373 $634,876
July 15, 2010 Lady Gaga Semi Precious Weapons The Monster Ball Tour N/A N/A
July 29, 2011 Taylor Swift Needtobreathe
Hunter Hayes
Speak Now World Tour 13,329 / 13,329 $877,175
September 14, 2011 Katy Perry Janelle Monae
DJ Skeet Skeet
California Dreams Tour 9,693 / 10,360 $408,062
April 26, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Brett Eldredge
The Red Tour 13,573 / 13,573 $1,082,042
July 14, 2013 Paul McCartney N/A Out There! Tour 14,784 / 14,784 $1,885,141
August 19, 2013 Bruno Mars Fitz and the Tantrums Moonshine Jungle Tour 9,300 / 9,300 $618,118
November 19, 2013 Selena Gomez Emblem3
Christina Grimmie
Stars Dance Tour N/A N/A
March 30, 2014 Demi Lovato Fifth Harmony
Cher Lloyd
The Neon Lights Tour N/A N/A
April 11, 2014 Cher Pat Benatar
Neil Giraldo
Dressed to Kill Tour 12,629 / 12,629 $931,481
June 19, 2015 Kevin Hart N/A What Now? Tour N/A N/A
September 16, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy The 1989 World Tour 14,010 / 14,010 $1,550,268
July 20, 2016 Coldplay Foxes
Alessia Cara
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 12,667 / 12,667 $1,460,006
July 31, 2016 Twenty One Pilots Mutemath
Chef'Special
Emotional Roadshow World Tour 11,691 / 12,002 $389,419
August 3, 2016 Demi Lovato
Nick Jonas
Mike Posner Future Now Tour N/A N/A
February 23, 2017 Eric Church N/A Holdin' My Own Tour 15,339 / 15,339 $965,478
March 11, 2017 Ariana Grande Victoria Monet
BIA
Dangerous Woman Tour 10,952 / 13,020 $635,956
May 18, 2017 Red Hot Chili Peppers IRONTOM
Jack Irons
The Getaway World Tour 12,307 / 12,307 $1,126,207
May 26, 2017 Neil Diamond N/A 50 Year Anniversary World Tour 10,887 / 10,887 $1,093,598
June 18, 2017 New Kids on the Block
Boys II Men
Paula Abdul
N/A Total Package Tour 8,666 / 10,636 $539,419
August 13, 2017 Bruno Mars Camila Cabello 24K Magic World Tour TBA TBA
September 8, 2017 Ed Sheeran Joshua Radin ÷ Tour TBA TBA
September 20, 2017[10] The Weeknd Gucci Mane
Nav
Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour TBA TBA
October 5-8, 2017 Garth Brooks TBA The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood TBA TBA
November 3, 2017 Billy Joel N/A Billy Joel in Concert TBA TBA
November 5, 2017 Lady Gaga TBA Joanne World Tour TBA TBA
November 26, 2017 Janet Jackson N/A State of the World Tour TBA TBA
December 9, 2017 Katy Perry Purity Ring Witness: The Tour TBA TBA
June 27, 2018 Harry Styles Kacey Musgraves Harry Styles: Live on Tour TBA TBA

Wrestling

WWE has hosted many shows such as Raw and SmackDown.

WCW has hosted the PPV event Sin (2001).

It also hosted many PPV events such as The Great American Bash (2006), SummerSlam (2008), Survivor Series (2012), and Clash of Champions (2016).

Auto racing

In 2015, the Fieldhouse hosted the Indy Invitational, with midget car racing and outlaw kart racing held on a dirt track erected on the arena floor.[11]

Awards and recognitions

In 2005 and 2006, Bankers Life Fieldhouse was ranked the No. 1 venue in the NBA according to the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily Reader Survey. In 2006 The Ultimate Sports Road Trip reaffirmed Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the best venue in all 4 of the major sports leagues. "The Ultimate Sports Road Trip has recently concluded a re-scoring and re-evaluation of all 122 franchises in the four major sports, based on our personal visits to each of the teams in a journey that began in 1998. Based on our criteria, Bankers Life Fieldhouse has again withstood scrutiny to be named the "best of the best" in the four major sports. Everything about Bankers Life Fieldhouse is top notch, a sparkling venue in a sparkling city," said Farrell and Kulyk.

In October 2004, the Fieldhouse hosted the 2004 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships. A 25 meter 300,000 gallon competition pool and 174,000 gallon warm-up pool were temporarily installed. A total of 71,659 tickets were sold for the four-day event. The crowd on the evening of Saturday, October 11, 2004 set a record for the largest attendance at a U.S. Swimming event outside of the Olympics with 11,488 people.

Scoreboard

In 2012, a giant state-of-the-art scoreboard was added to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The scoreboard features twin 1080p high definition (HD) video screens, each measuring 50 feet long - extending nearly foul line to foul line - by 21 feet high. In addition to the HD screens running the length of the court, the innovative rectangular scoreboard design is capped by a 25' by 14' full 1080p HD video screen facing each baseline. The result of the design is a greatly improved visual experience from nearly every seat in the building. Additionally, a new sound system was installed.[12]

Gallery

References

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ "Conseco Fieldhouse". Blackburn Architects. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ "Conseco Fieldhouse". John Klipsch Consulting, LLC. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ "Conseco Fieldhouse" (PDF). Fink Roberts and Petrie, Inc. Retrieved 2013. 
  5. ^ Nieto, Mike (December 19, 2011). "Where Are They Now?: John Wilczynski". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Munster. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bankers Life Fieldhouse". Ballparks.com. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ Ritchie, Carrie (December 22, 2011). "Bankers Life Knocks Conseco Off Fieldhouse Title". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2013. 
  8. ^ "Big Ten Announces Future Sites for Football Championship Games and Basketball Tournaments - BIG TEN CONFERENCE Official Athletic Site". Bigten.org. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ "Indianapolis hosts BPR Jack Daniels Invitational". The Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Weeknd - Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour". Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ Adams, Jeff (October 8, 2015). "Midgets, Outlaws will race indoors". Peoria Journal-Star. Peoria, IL. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Best Arena Scoreboard Coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse". 

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