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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… Continue Reading Freshening Up the Fieldhouse
SHOW AFTER SHOW: DTE Energy Music Theatre, with a capacity of about 15,000, is among the country’s busiest amphitheaters. (Chris Schwegler) Tom Wilson is most closely identified with developing two arenas in Greater Detroit. The sports and entertainment executive’s vision for revitalizing the market’s underperforming amphitheater sometimes gets forgotten among his accomplishments. In November 1990, Palace Sports & Entertainment acquired Pine Knob Music Theatre, now DTE Energy Music Theatre, for roughly $10 million. The Nederlander Organization owned and operated the facility, which opened on June 25, 1972, with a matinee performance by TV heartthrob David Cassidy. Over time, though, it became run-down and was booking fewer than 20 shows over the summer months in the 1980s, Wilson said. Starting in 1991, after Palace Sports took over the shed, Pine Knob was packed with 80 concerts annually. Some acts such as classic rocker Eddie Money became an annual draw at the… Continue Reading Tom Wilson brought back an amphitheater — and the amphitheater business
HAIL, CAESARS: Wilson was part of the development of Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. “Tom built two of the best venues in North America.” — Rick Franks “At one time, downtown was (considered) the ‘bad guys.’ Chris Ilitch saw what Tom did in helping develop the Palace from the very beginning. They put a deal together for what turned out to be Little Caesars Arena.” — Franks “Promoters made so much money (at the Palace) that they kept coming back. We kept telling everybody that it had the best acoustics in the country. We had no idea, but it seemed like it would.” — Tom Wilson “We used to preach this … if we take care of the arena, so will our guests. We could put a heavy metal band in there and the building would look just as good when they left as it did when they came… Continue Reading Tom Wilson: As They Said It
During most of the last century, RodeoHouston has provided a stage for some of the concert industry’s top stars.
LIVE! ROUNDUP “Boxing Capital of the World” may not stick as the new moniker for Texas, but American Airlines Center in Dallas has hosted only the second boxing event with fans in the U.S. reported during the COVID-19 era. The first, a Premier Boxing Champions Fight Night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, drew a crowd of 9,024 on Oct. 31. The Dallas event, produced by Golden Boy Promotions, earns the No. 1 ranking on Hot Tickets and occurred on Jan. 2 with 4,218 boxing fans in attendance. Ticket revenue topped out at $353,835. In the main event, Ryan Garcia defeated Luke Campbell for the World Boxing Council interim lightweight title. On the other side of the live entertainment spectrum, three orchestral events land on the chart, two of them at Holland Performing Arts Center’s Peter Kiewit Concert Hall in Omaha, Nebraska, and one at Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center… Continue Reading Punching It Up: A Big Bout in Big D