Sports Venues

CIB to consider 1-year extension with Pacers, source says

December 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is expected to seek a one-year extension of its current lease deal with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, according to a former board member and current Indianapolis city-county councilor.
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Face-lift nearly complete at Eagle Creek golf courses

December 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Eagle Creek Golf Club received a long-awaited face-lift this year under a contract that will rescue the city from most of its expenses stemming from the previous operator’s loan default.
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Bush Stadium seats to live on at bus stops

November 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
An Indianapolis not-for-profit that recycled the fabric roof of the former RCA Dome into totes, wallets and other items has found a new use for the seats once used at Bush Stadium.
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Butler University raises $12 million in campaign to refurbish historic Hinkle Fieldhouse

November 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Built in 1928, the aging facility is about to undergo its most extensive renovation since the building began hosting basketball games shortly before the Great Depression.
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NCAA's moves over betting 'ludicrous,' N.J. official says

October 16, 2012
Associated Press
The NCAA is "ludicrous and hypocritical" for moving five championship games out of New Jersey next year because the state plans to offer legalized sports betting, a spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.
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Fieldhouse getting $16 million scoreboard, sound system

August 16, 2012
Scott Olson
Fieldhouse_scoreboard_pacers_watchvideoThe Indiana Pacers will open the season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a new $16 million audio and video system,  the team announced Thursday afternoon.
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Pacers plan upgrades to Bankers Life Fieldhouse

August 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Improvements to the home arena of the Indiana Pacers will include a new scoreboard and a renovation of the arena's television studios, said a source with knowledge of the planned changes.
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MainGate inks 3-year merchandise deal with Lucas Oil

August 14, 2012
MainGate has developed the LucasOilGear.com website to sell apparel and novelties, including T-shirts and outerwear featuring the Lucas Oil Stadium, Lucas Oil and Lucas Oil Racing Series brands.
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BENNER: Why not finish the IndyCar season at 16th and Georgetown?Restricted Content

June 23, 2012
Bill Benner
It's time to think out of the Speedway box.
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Hoosier Park site in Indy tests mobile wagering

June 19, 2012
Associated Press
Patrons at Hoosier Park's off-track-betting site in downtown Indianapolis can now bet on horse races from the comfort of their seats, and they'll soon be able to place wagers from their smartphones.
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BENNER: Indy 500 still a passion play for the paying customerRestricted Content

May 31, 2012
Bill Benner
For this Indy guy, there is nothing that says Indy—or Indiana—like the Indy 500.
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Playoff run pushes Pacers closer to profitabilityRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers’ playoff run and a decreased player payroll—along with $10 million from the city’s Capital Improvement Board—have brought the team closer to breaking even this year, but not out of the red, sports business experts say.
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BENNER: With MSA, Lugar brought Pacers and sports downtownRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Bill Benner
Without Sen. Richard Lugar, we might not have the Pacers.
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Anderson baseball-complex plan hits financing snag

March 27, 2012
Associated Press
Construction on The Farm, a $7.5 million baseball and softball facility along Interstate 69, has hit another snag while city officials and project developers continue to negotiate acceptable financing terms.
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City hopes for big splash from NCAA swimming events

March 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NCAA swimming championships being held at the IU Natatorium this week kick off six years of collegiate swimming championships that are expected to generate millions of dollars for the local economy.
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BENNER: List of best sports palaces had just one Hoosier entryRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Bill Benner

On a recent list of great sports venues, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was not included. Are you kidding me?

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Indians revenue grows, profit tops $1 million in 2011Restricted Content

February 25, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The minor-league Indianapolis Indians overcame a bevy of obstacles last season to continue a run of major-league profits.
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UIndy capitalizing on Super Bowl attention

February 3, 2012
Scott Olson
The New York Giants are practicing at the private university on the south side of the city, giving it the type of attention that money can't buy.
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ESPN pleased with Pan Am Plaza broadcast decision

February 3, 2012
Scott Olson
The sports network originally considered broadcasting from Monument Circle, but chose the plaza because the location has Lucas Oil Stadium as an ideal backdrop.
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NFL decides to add 5,000 tickets to Super Bowl mix

January 24, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NFL officials on Monday said they plan to expand Lucas Oil Stadium's capacity to 68,000 during the Feb. 5 event in Indianapolis. Capacity for Colts games is typically 63,000.
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NCAA rule change quashes high school basketball eventRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The event, scheduled for Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse, ran afoul of a new rule prohibiting events organized by outside promoters.
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Fieldhouse promoters have high hopes for first tennis event

December 30, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Pacers Sports & Entertainment and local tennis officials are hopeful a tennis event featuring Pete Sampras and Todd Martin at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be a springboard to much bigger tennis events, maybe even a Davis Cup match.
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Fieldhouse gets Bankers Life name

December 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
It will be difficult to rebrand the arena where the Indiana Pacers play, but team officials praised sponsor CNO Financial for sticking with the $20 million naming-rights deal despite tough times.
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IndyCar Series won't return to Las Vegas in 2012

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
The IndyCar Series won't return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next season, and its future at the track depends in part on what it learns from the investigation into Dan Wheldon's fatal accident.
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For Big Ten championship, even suites are for sale

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
Besides individual tickets, entire suites are being offered for as much as $28,000 on various online brokerage sites for the inaugural Big Ten championship football game.
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