- New locker rooms for the Pacers players, training room and equipment
- Renovated box offices
- Concession stand and equipment updates
- Refurbished locker room for the Fever players
- Three club level sections to be replaced with new, more costly loge box seating that will diminish less-costly seating at the Fieldhouse
- Convert six existing club level suites into a high-end, all-inclusive club room for people who can afford court side seating in rows 1 or 2
- Recreate the Locker Room Restaurant experience for those fans who can afford court side seating in rows 3 through 7
- Make other modifications designed to benefit larger group entertainment
- Information technology upgrades, including network fiber upgrades, re-cabling, phone refresh, network infrastructure improvements and data center relocation
- Furniture replacement, new high-speed overhead doors, escalator cleaning machines, snow removal equipment and entry pavilion fans
- New LED boards and window coverings.
Monday, August 31, 2015
$26.5 Million Refresh Of Banker's Life Fieldhouse
The Capital Improvement Board is signing off on the first of what is expected to be $26.5 million in "refresh improvements" at Banker's Life Fieldhouse as part of that $160 million in additional taxpayer subsidies pledged over the next 10 years for billionaire Herb Simon's Indiana Pacers. The Indianapolis Star is naturally very excited about the changes. Star Publisher Karen Ferguson Fuson is married to Pacers Sports & Entertainment CEO Rick Fuson, a fact the unethical newspaper always omits when discussing public subsidies for the for-profit NBA team. Ordinary taxpayers can only look at the list and wonder why there's no money for street-lighting in their neighborhoods, to repair crumbling sidewalks or patch pothole-filled streets. Among the improvements to be made at the Fieldhouse are:
As you can see from the description of the improvements, it's all geared towards improvements that benefit high-roller fans and the Pacers organization. Fan segregation is critical. Businesses and individuals spending big dollars to attend Pacers games want as little interaction with ordinary folks as possible. When the Fieldhouse was originally built, the CIB's selling point to the public was that there would be more seating at affordable prices than there was at the old Market Square Arena. Slowly but surely those affordable seats are being displaced in favor of higher-priced seating, and further segregation of fans is occurring based on a caste system to maximize the dollars the Pacers can extract from a smaller fan base at a supposed public facility that is increasingly looking more like a private club for the wealthy to hang out.