Category: Arenas & Stadiums

Freshening Up the Fieldhouse

BRICK HOUSE: Suite renovations stay true to Bankers Life Fieldhouse’s retro theme. (Courtesy Indiana Pacers) How a $360M refurb will make Indy arena state of the art while keeping it retro Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the first retro-themed NBA arena, celebrates the rich heritage of basketball in the state of Indiana. More than 20 years after the venue opened in downtown Indianapolis, it’s going through a major  facelift to retain its distinction for future generations. The 18,000-seat arena, home to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, was originally designed by the old Ellerbe Becket. It opened as Conseco Fieldhouse in November 1999 with lots of brick, a curved roofline and a tight seating bowl, all features of old gyms dotting the Hoosier State. The venue’s original price tag was $185 million. As the building approaches 25 years old, sports architect Populous designed comprehensive upgrades for the “Fieldhouse of the Future” at a cost of […]

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Nebraska Arenas Gear Up for Bigger Crowds

Omaha and Lincoln sit 60 miles apart, but the gap is significant in how Nebraska’s two biggest arenas are allowed to operate during the pandemic.

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