The first phase of renovations to Bankers Life Fieldhouse stayed on schedule despite some disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Vice-President for Corporate Communication, Community Engagement and Facility Operations, Mel Raines said fans headed back to the Fieldhouse will notice big changes.
“The first thing they are going to see is the new scoreboard. It’s really impactful. We’ve added all new screens, two LED’s, one on the top, one on the bottom, a new underbelly screen for those sitting down closer to the court,” Raines said. “ It will blow you away when you enter the entry pavilion.”
Renovations also included refurbished club seating and suites. The Indiana Pacers recently began selling tickets to home games for the first time this season. The Marion County Public Health Department has limited capacity to 1,000 through Jan. 25. After that, capacity will gradually increase to 25 percent -- or about 4,500 seats.
Raines said fans should feel safe coming back with added health precautions, including touchless sinks, hundreds of hand sanitizers throughout the building, cashless transactions and digital tickets.
Upcoming events include Pacers games, the Big Ten’s Women’s Basketball Tournament, the Sweet 16 games of the NCAA’s March Madness, the IHSAA Boys Wrestling Championship, and girls and boys basketball championships.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse opened in November 1999 to replace Market Square Arena.