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Best Indianapolis Sports Venues
In Indianapolis, sports is king. From professional football to semi-professional hockey, Indianapolis sports fans are fanatically loyal to their home teams. Coincidentally, Indy has some of the best sporting venues in the nation. Lucas Oil Stadium, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Pepsi Coliseum and Hinkle Fieldhouse rival any sporting venue across the entire United States.
Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium is the official home of the Indianapolis Colts, and it hosts many other events throughout the year. It has hosted the Super Bowl, Bands of America, the NCAA Tournament and motocross events. Located just southwest of Monument Circle, Lucas Oil Stadium is easy to access from all parts of Greater Indianapolis. It is just north of I-70 and south of I-65. There are just under 40,000 parking spots within walking distance of Lucas Oil Stadium. Other parking spaces in garages for Circle Center Mall are also nearby, and they are typically cheap. However, particularly for Colts games, parking at Circle Center Mall is occasionally event priced, meaning you will have to pay extra.
Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, formerly known as Conseco Fieldhouse, is the home of the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Fever. Like Lucas Oil Stadium, it hosts many other events. Concerts, college basketball games and Disney performances have all been held at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. It is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Street and Georgia Street, a few blocks south of Monument Circle. Georgia Street is a great place to grab some drink and food before events at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. There are a number of garages east of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse open to the public. Like Lucas Oil Stadium, Circle Center Mall is within walking distance, and it is often more affordable than other nearby parking.
Pepsi Coliseum is a large, multi-purpose facility located in the heart of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The State Fairgrounds are located a few miles north of Downtown Indianapolis. Pepsi Coliseum is the home of the Indy Fuel and IUPUI NCAA Basketball. Pepsi Coliseum comes alive during the Indiana State Fair, when it hosts concerts and animal judging. A Works Progress Administration project, the Pepsi Coliseum was opened in 1939, making it one of the oldest venues in Indianapolis. The facility recently underwent a massive renovation, which finished in April, 2014. There is plenty of parking surrounding Pepsi Coliseum.
Men’s and women’s Butler Basketball teams call Hinkle Fieldhouse home. Basketball has been played at Hinkle Fieldhouse since 1928. Nationally, Hinkle Fieldhouse is recognized as one of college basketball’s greatest venues. Like Pepsi Coliseum, Hinkle Fieldhouse recently received a major upgrade. Hinkle Fieldhouse upgraded its seating, added some high-tech scoreboards and altered its main concourse. Hinkle has hosted events other than college basketball. It hosted the Indiana High School basketball tournament for decades. Additionally, Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush have all spoken at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Parking for Hinkle Fieldhouse is available in its parking lot and on the street in the nearby neighborhood.