Fairgrounds Coliseum

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Fairgrounds Coliseum
Coliseum Exterior 2014.JPG
The Fairgrounds Coliseum in 2014
Full name Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum
Former names Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum (1939-91)
Pepsi Coliseum (1991-2012)
Location Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E 38th St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
Coordinates 39°49′39″N 86°8′6″W / 39.82750°N 86.13500°W / 39.82750; -86.13500Coordinates: 39°49′39″N 86°8′6″W / 39.82750°N 86.13500°W / 39.82750; -86.13500
Broke ground 1936
Opened August 1939 (1939-08)
Renovated 2012-14
Closed October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29)—April 23, 2014 (2014-04-23)
Owner State of Indiana
Operator Indiana State Fair Commission
Construction cost $63 million (Renovation)
Architect Populous
Project manager Hunt Construction Group
Capacity 8,000 (original)
6,500 (Basketball)
6,300 (Hockey)
6,800 (End stage)
4,800 (Livestock)
Tenants
Indianapolis Capitals (AHL) (1939–1952)
Indiana Pacers (ABA) (1967–1974)
Indianapolis Checkers (IHL) (1979–1987)
Indianapolis Ice (IHL) (1988–2003)
Indianapolis Ice (CHL) (2003–2004)
Indiana Ice (USHL) (2004–2012)
Naptown Roller Girls (WFTDA) (2010–present)
IUPUI Jaguars (2014–present)
Indy Fuel (ECHL) (2014–present)
The newly renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum boasts many modern amenities, while paying tribute to its rich history

The Fairgrounds Coliseum (originally Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum and formerly Pepsi Coliseum[1]) is an indoor multi-use arena, located on the Indiana State Fairgrounds, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Fairgrounds Coliseum is home to both the Indy Fuel of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the IUPUI Jaguars of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Originally opened in 1939 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration (part of the New Deal), the Fairgrounds Coliseum has served Indiana proudly and hosted numerous historical events, including the only performances ever held in Indiana by the Beatles.

On October 26, 2012, the Coliseum held its "Lights Out" ceremony and closed for renovations.[2]

On April 25, 2014, after a 17 month, $53 million renovation, the Coliseum re-opened. [3]

History[edit]

On October 31, 1963, during a Holiday on Ice show, a propane leak at a concession stand caused an explosion which killed 74 people.[4] A memorial plaque was dedicated 40 years later in the building, but it has since been removed. Another plaque honoring the explosion victims currently hangs inside the building's lobby.

Indiana Pacers (1967-74)[edit]

The venue was home to the Indiana Pacers of the American Basketball Association (ABA) from 1967 to 1974. The Pacers were very succseeful in their tenure at the Coliseum, winning three ABA Championships. They captured the ABA titles in 1969-70, defeating the Los Angeles Stars in 6 games, in 1971-72, defeating the New York Nets in 6 games, and in the 1972-73 season, defeating the Kentucky Colonels in 7 games. The team moved to Market Square Arena in 1974. In 1976, the Pacers became a franchise in the NBA (National Basketball Association) when the ABA merged with the NBA. [5]

The Pacers returned for a night when they played their first pre-season game of the 2008-2009 season at the Pepsi Coliseum on October 8, 2008 hosting the then-New Orleans Hornets.[6] 7,439 people watched the Pacers lose to the Hornets 105 to 71. The Pacers wore uniforms based on the 1967 to 1971 uniform design. Former ABA Pacers George McGinnis, Darnell Hillman, Bob Netolicky, Don Buse, Jerry Harkness, Steve Green, Tom Thacker, Bill Newton, and Wayne Pack, attended the game and were recognized during a halftime ceremony.[7] During the game's first quarter, former Championship Pacers coach and current radio commentator Slick Leonard sat on the Pacers' bench as head coach, while then-head coach Jim O'Brien joined Mark Boyle for the radio broadcast.[8]

Other sports teams and events[edit]

The Indianapolis Checkers of the Central Hockey League played at the Coliseum, winning back to back Adams Cup Championships in 1982 and 1983.

During the winter months, public ice skating is offered for a small fee. The Coliseum also hosts Budweiser Fight Night Boxing, the Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show, The Hoosier Horse Fair, high school and college commencement ceremonies, and many concerts featuring national acts.

The Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League played at the Coliseum from 2004 to 2012, leaving due to the renovation. They did not return once the venue reopens, opting to play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse instead.[9]

Performances[edit]

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