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Groundbreaking for a brand new $183 million Indianapolis sports and entertainment facility, known as Conseco Fieldhouse, was held on July 22, 1997. During the ceremony, Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon, representing the state legislature, Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, representing the City-County Council and Capitol Improvement Board, Mel and Herb Simon and Donnie Walsh, took symbolic silver shovels and turned the first dirt for the brand new Conseco Fieldhouse project.
Funding for Conseco Fieldhouse came in the form of combined private and public funding. Funds were raised through a general tax increase and a three-party agreement between the Pacers, 17 local corporations and the tax district.
Construction began under the architectural guidance of Ellerbe Becket Architects & Engineers and the management team of Huber, Hunt & Nichols, Inc. This new project was built to carry the Pacers into the next century. The facility honors Indiana's rich basketball history while combining modern amenities and historical charm. Conseco Fieldhouse opened in November 1999, just two short years after construction began, with the first game featuring the Pacers and the Celtics in which Indiana claimed victory in a 115 to 108 win over Boston.
Conseco Fieldhouse can accommodate more than 18,000 cheering basketball spectators, including the use of 2,500 club seats and 69 suites. All in all, Conseco Fieldhouse measures 6.2 acres, 750,000 square feet and stands 14 stories high into the Indianapolis skyline. Inspired by successful basketball stadiums built over the last decade, Conseco Fieldhouse is known for it's retro styling as it also features current amenities of any modern facility.
In addition to basketball, Conseco Fieldhouse has hosted boxing events, along with the musical styling of Pavarotti, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Cosby, John Mellencamp, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Britney Spears and many more. Conseco Fieldhouse has also been the proud host to the FIBA World Basketball Championship game in 2002 and the FINA World Short Course Swimming championships.
Just how impressive is the workmanship of Conseco Fieldhouse? Well, just ask the operators of the world's largest crane, which was used to install tresses on top of the facility. The crane was so massive that it had to be disassembled before being brought to the site and reassembled upon arrival. Other interesting facts about Conseco Fieldhouse include the presence of two large glass curtain walls facing left and right. As fans approach the downtown area, they are greeted by the site of lit-up glass portrayed against the city's skyline. As they get a little closer, they may be able to hear the cheers from thousands of basketball fans echoing into the city.
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