Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir fielded questions from legislators Thursday about the $87 million, state-financed outdoor stadium he has proposed. The meeting started with a warm reception for Ozdemir, and lacked any testimony against the plan.
The 1985 NBA All-Star Game remains the only all-star game the league has held in Indianapolis—a curious omission given the city’s propensity for landing big-time events.
The Indiana Pacers are looking to become one of a handful of NBA teams to scrap their traditional static ticket pricing system for one resembling the fluctuating model employed by airlines.
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.
The Pacers have not announced a name change, but have a special announcement scheduled for Thursday.
Some 13,000 people have agreed to pitch in to help with visitors and events surrounding the game, slated for Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. More than 2,000 attended a training kickoff event on Wednesday.
A proposal in front of a City-County Council committee would require ticket brokers to purchase an annual license to sell tickets within one mile of an event venue.
Viewership for Pacers games on Fox Sports increased 35 percent this year over last, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research.
The contract between Indianapolis and the Big Ten expires in 2012, and officials from the conference’s 11 universities are beginning the process to select a future host for the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.