Bankers Life Fieldhouse
|Former names||Conseco Fieldhouse (1999–2011)|
|Address||125 South Pennsylvania Street|
|Location||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Owner||Capital Improvement Board, City of Indianapolis|
|Operator||Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County, Indiana|
|Broke ground||July 22, 1997|
|Opened||November 6, 1999|
|Construction cost||$183 million
($269 million in 2017 dollars)
|Project manager||John Klipsch Consulting, LLC|
|Structural engineer||Fink Roberts & Petrie Inc.|
|Services engineer||Moore Engineers, P.C.|
|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.
Unlike most other North American sports arenas, the Fieldhouse was designed primarily for basketball. The arena can accommodate an NHL-sized rink, but the seating capacity is reduced to 12,300 for ice hockey, as the seating arrangement is asymmetrical.
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 would again be the site for both men's and women's events in 2014 and 2016. 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).
The Professional Bull Riders brought its Built Ford Tough Series bull riding tour to the Fieldhouse for the first time in January 2011. 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 hosts other high school tournaments as well.
|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
|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
|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
|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
|Stars Dance Tour||N/A||N/A|
|March 30, 2014||Demi Lovato||Fifth Harmony
|The Neon Lights Tour||N/A||N/A|
|April 11, 2014||Cher||Pat Benatar
|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
|A Head Full of Dreams Tour||12,667 / 12,667||$1,460,006|
|July 31, 2016||Twenty One Pilots||Mutemath
|Emotional Roadshow World Tour||11,691 / 12,002||$389,419|
|August 3, 2016||Demi Lovato
|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
|Dangerous Woman Tour||10,952 / 13,020||$635,956|
|May 18, 2017||Red Hot Chili Peppers||IRONTOM
|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
|N/A||Total Package Tour||8,666 / 10,636||$539,419|
|August 13, 2017||Bruno Mars||Camila Cabello||24K Magic World Tour||15,112 / 15,112||$1,635,885|
|August 25, 2017||Kanye West||N/A||Saint Pablo Tour||N/A||N/A|
|September 8, 2017||Ed Sheeran||Joshua Radin||÷ Tour||12,740 / 12,740||$1,014,966|
|September 20, 2017||The Weeknd||Gucci Mane
|Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour||10,853 / 11,592||$702,018|
|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||16,594 / 16,594||$1,908,250|
|November 5, 2017||Lady Gaga||TBA||Joanne World Tour||15,375 / 15,375||$1,606,010|
|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|
The Fieldhouse is notable for being the location of many landmark moments for the professional wrestling group The Shield, who debuted on November 18th, 2012 at Survivor Series, broke up on the June 2nd, 2014 episode of WWE Raw and reunited on the October 9th, 2017 episode of WWE Raw.
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.
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.
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