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Conseco Fieldhouse--Home of the Pacers

Many events and concerts take place at Conseco Fieldhouse, such as Nelly, Tim McGraw, the Harlem Globetrotters, Elton John, and Billy Joel. However, the most loved event is during basketball season. Conseco Fieldhouse is the home of the Indiana Pacers. This season, the Pacers are at the top of their game, with opponents finding it extremely difficult to capture a win in their house. "In 49 other states it's just a game, but this is Indiana."

The Pacers, now an NBA team, began as an ABA team with the likes of George McGinnis, Mel Daniels, and Roger Brown. Now Reggie Miller tops the Pacers chart and is especially known for his "Boom Baby" three pointers!

The Pacers are known for having one of the best mascots in the league, too. Bring the kids for an evening of not only basketball, but also fun watching the mascots, Boomer and Bowser. During the third quarter of every game, Boomer does a variety of fancy slam-dunks off a mini trampoline. Boomer is very athletic!

There are many places to eat in this fairly new arena. Not only do they have the typical pizza, hot dogs, and chicken, but they also have gourmet deli sandwiches, fish-and-chips, and a variety of other items. For snacks, there are the common pretzels, cotton candy, and nachos, but also some new favorites: fresh-made doughnut holes and gourmet ice cream.

The Home Court gift shop, with its larger-than-life basketball hanging from the ceiling, offers items for the Pacers, Fever (WNBA), and Firebirds (arena football), along with a free-throw shooting cage. As you can imagine, it's rather pricey in here.

The fieldhouse holds approximately 18,000 people, with tickets available for most Pacer games ranging from $10 in the upper third tier to $50 to $60 in the second level. Lower-level seats are not available for purchase because they are held by season ticket holders only. Parking around the fieldhouse ranges from $8 to $12. There is a covered garage next door (to the east of the fieldhouse) that charges $10 per event. For a complete Pacer schedule or for tickets to other events, you can visit the fieldhouse website at www.consecofieldhouse.com.

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