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The NBA’s Indiana Pacers were founded in 1967 as members of American Basketball Association (ABA). The Pacers played their games at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum where they dominated the league and won three championships with legends like Mel Daniels, George McGinnis, Rick Mount, Roger Brown, and legendary coach Bobby “Slick” Leonard. The Pacers joined the NBA in 1976 and eventually moved downtown to Market Square Arena. Today, the Pacers play at Gainbridge Fieldhouse as members of the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
The Pacers NBA legacy hit its peak during the Reggie Miller era with the team regularly battling in the Eastern Conference Finals against rivals including the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls. The team nearly won a championship in 2000 while dueling with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal’s Los Angeles Lakers. Coaches Larry Brown and Larry Bird led those teams with standout players such as Rick Smits, Dale Davis, Antonio Davis, and Jalen Rose.
Today, the Pacers are building a new generation of talent under veteran coach Rick Carlisle. Point guard Tyrese Haliburton and first-round draft pick Bennedict Mathurin have paired with team veteran Myles Turner and a core of young talent to make the Pacers one of the most exciting teams in the NBA.
As one of the only NBA arenas designed specifically for viewing basketball games, Gainbridge Fieldhouse is often lauded as the most spectator-friendly arena in the league. Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, the Fieldhouse is steps away from hotels, restaurants, and bars. In addition to the Pacers and the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, the Fieldhouse also regularly hosts the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournament games, concerts, professional wrestling, and a myriad of other special events.
The Pacers play 82 games each year with half of those at home. Gainbridge Fieldhouse has 20,000 seats and 71 luxury suites.
Thanks to its convenient location in downtown Indianapolis, finding parking for Gainbridge Fieldhouse is extremely convenient. In addition to the attached Virginia Avenue Parking Garage, visitors can find nearby parking in a variety of lots and garages. Tickets for Pacers games can be purchased through the Gainbridge Fieldhouse box office. The Fieldhouse offers a wide range of accessibility services to those needing special accommodation.
Gainbridge Fieldhouse is currently undergoing major renovations. While most of the work inside the arena is complete, the spectacular new Bicentennial Unity Plaza is being constructed on the north side of the arena. Slated to be completed in 2023, the plaza will be an outdoor gathering space that features a basketball court during the summer and an ice-skating rink during the winter. Public art and community programming will make this space an iconic addition to this already spectacular facility. Please pardon dust during construction.