September 14, 2022

Fishers planning 8,500-seat sports arena

The Fishers Event Center will  be capable of seating up to 8,500 people. - Provided by the city of Fishers

The Fishers Event Center will be capable of seating up to 8,500 people.

Provided by the city of Fishers

The Indianapolis suburb of Fishers is luring the Indy Fuel minor league hockey team to the city with a planned 8,500-seat arena, officials announced Wednesday.

The new arena would be a key part of a $550 million project planned by Indianapolis-based Thompson Thrift Development for hotel, apartments, retail and office space along Interstate 69, a few miles north of Interstate 465.

The Indy Fuel, an affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, has been playing its home games at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis since it began play in 2014. Plans call for the team to move to the new arena for the 2024-25 season.

“The new facility will allow us to host more fans, create unique experiences for families and groups, and offer additional dining and entertainment options for an enhanced gameday experience,” Indy Fuel owner Jim Hallett said.

Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said the building would be used to host other events such as concerts, theatrical performance, high school sports and graduation ceremonies.

“We felt like a center of this size is just right to host world class entertainment events as well as our local needs,” Fadness said.

A timeline for the start of construction wasn’t announced.

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