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Conseco Fieldhouse
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Conseco Fieldhouse
Location 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 46204
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
Broke ground July 22, 1997
Opened November 6, 1999
Owner Capital Improvement Board, City of Indianapolis, Indiana
Operator Pacers Sports & Entertainment
Construction cost $ 183 million USD
Architect Ellerbe Becket Architects & Engineers
Capacity Basketball: 18,345
Ice hockey / Arena football: 14,400
Tenants
Indiana Pacers (NBA) (1999-Present)
Indiana Fever (WNBA) (2000-Present)
Indiana Firebirds (AFL) (2001–2004)

Conseco Fieldhouse is a sports arena in 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 Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League also use Conseco Fieldhouse as their home arena for a few games a year. Additionally, other entertainment events such as concerts are frequently scheduled there. The name is a result of the naming rights to the venue being sold to Conseco, the financially-troubled financial services organization based in nearby Carmel.

Conseco Fieldhouse replaced Market Square Arena as the home of the Indiana Pacers on November 6, 1999. At the end of the season, the arena hosted games 3 through 5 of the 2000 NBA Finals between the Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers.

In 2002, Conseco Fieldhouse served as one of two sites for the FIBA Men's World Basketball Championship, sharing the honors with RCA Dome.

Beginning in 2002, the venue split hosting duties for the Big Ten Conference men's basketball tournaments, holding the event in even numbered years while Chicago's United Center hosted in odd numbered years. The tournament moved to Conseco permanently in 2008. The arena is also the permanent home of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. By 2012, it will have hosted the event 12 times in 13 years. The 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four will be held here on April 3 and 5 of that year.

Conseco Fieldhouse hosted two pay-per-view events for WWE, The Great American Bash on July 23, 2006 and the twenty-first edition of SummerSlam on August 17, 2008.

In the summer of 2008, Daktronics installed see-through shot clocks replacing the outgoing units.[citation needed]

Awards & Recognitions

Conseco Fieldhouse has received widespread acclaim as one of the finest facilities in all of the sports world. It is designed after Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University and the other fieldhouses, which are considered some of the best places to see a basketball game, that covered the state of Indiana with very busy crowds on Friday nights in the formative years of high school basketball. The fieldhouse is a veritable museum to the rich heritage that is Indiana basketball.

In 2005, 2006, and 2007, Conseco 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 Conseco 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, Conseco Fieldhouse has once again withstood scrutiny to be named the “best of the best” in the four major sports. Everything about Conseco Fieldhouse is top notch, a sparkling venue in a sparkling city," said Farrell and Kulyk.

In October 2004, Conseco 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.

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Preceded by
Market Square Arena
Home of the
Indiana Pacers

1999 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Indiana Fever

2000 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Olympic Indoor Hall
Athens
FIBA World Championship
Final Venue

2002
Succeeded by
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama
Preceded by
Alamodome
San Antonio, Texas
NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
Final Four

2011
Succeeded by
Pepsi Center
Denver, Colorado
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