Conseco Fieldhouse to get new video signage

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Conseco Fieldhouse should be sporting new interior video signage before the Indiana Pacers start the regular season in late October.

The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County on Monday approved spending up to $1.6 million for a “ribbon board,” which will be installed around the entire upper fascia of the arena between the second and third levels.

Conseco Fieldhouse is one of only two National Basketball Association arenas without that type of signage (Arco Arena in Sacramento is the other), which typically is used for advertisements and other announcements.

In Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium has similar signage, said Rick Fuson, executive vice president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the basketball team.

“It’s advertising revenue and the whole experience,” he said. “It gives us the ability to give much more information to the people who are at the event.”
In addition, the four panels atop the scoreboard in the center of the fieldhouse that scroll messages will be replaced with LED lamps. That will enable the panels and the new LED message board to interface with the scorer’s table and perform similar functions at the same time, Fuson said.

The new message board will be paid for by the $3.5 million the CIB allocated toward Conseco Fieldhouse renovations as part of its agreement with Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

The CIB in July agreed to give the franchise $10 million per year for three years, specifically to defray the costs of operating the fieldhouse. The CIB also agreed to pay at least $3.5 million for capital improvements at the venue.

The $3.5 million is included in the 2011 budget, although the message board will be paid for by next year. The CIB could pay for the message board with funds available this year or subtract the amount from next year’s budget, President Ann Lathrop said.

The Pacers open the season on the road against the San Antonio Spurs Oct. 27. The team’s first home game is Oct. 30 against the Philadelphia 76ers.


  • This stuff will ruin Conseco
    I hate to hear that they are going to ruin the retro vibe of Conseco by putting this stuff in. I've been to plenty of venues that have it and all it will be is distracting advertising on a nearly non-stop basis. I'm far less likely to buy Pacers tickets going forward. I can get bombarded by ads at home watching the game for free.
  • (Sigh)
    One of things I enjoye aboutConseco Fieldhouse was its "throw back" feel. No big glitzy scoreboards, just a nice one hanging above center court. But, here we go, with a new way to let the Pacers "make" money while fleecing the city. This is ridiculous. Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge Pacers fan and I believe its better have the Pacers than not. But I worry about the future of our city.
  • spending the $ wrongly
    Interesting that the 1.6 million dollars is the same amount that the library says it needs to keep the doors open. Of course Ballard thinks blasting people with advertising is more important than education and libraries. We just bailed out the CB and not to spend this money at a time we need to be using the money wisely. This is typical GOP economics. To heck with the people, and give away to the special interests and business. The people should be enraged. Ballard should be thrown out of office on his butt after he is tarred and feathered.
  • Where did the CIB get this money?
    From the tax payers of course. The CIB needs to divested / broken up / whatever you want to call it and started anew.
  • Selling ad space on CIB's dime
    Why doesn't the CIB buy some billboards along the interstate downtown and allow the Pacer's to keep that ad revenue? Another sweetheart revenue deal for the Pacers at taxpayer expense. The CIB needs to see some ROI, what a novel idea!
  • Annother Boondogle
    What a load of #%*!. Spending money on something that is totally unecessary. As for more advertising dollars...for whom the Simons? There is no intrinsic value for the city in spending this money. I agree with Sally, as well, I hate this manner of advertising in Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • fuzzy math
    Let me get this straight. We gave $10 to Pacers and no one goes to those games but the Libraries are reducing hours to save $1.5 million? $10 million vs $1.5 millionâ?¦$10 vs $1.50â?¦$1 vs 15 cents? And my family goes to the library more than to Conseco!
  • Horrendous idea
    This is appalling. It flies in the face of the entire retro environment that has been so highly touted since the fieldhouse opened. I have been to events at LOS, Chicago's United Center and other arenas that sport this signage and find it to be completely distracting and totally annoying.

    Not to mention the installation cost....


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