Deal to keep Pacers in town rises to roughly $800M to expand, operate Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The naming rights to the Indiana Pacers’ home expires June 30.
/ Dana Hunsinger Benbow screengrab from video

By Chris Sikich | Indianapolis Star 

The Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis have agreed to a 25-year deal that commits roughly $800 million in public spending to keep the team in town.

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The Marion County Capital Improvement Board, which owns or manages the city’s professional sports stadiums, voted unanimously in favor of the 157-page agreement at a Friday morning meeting.

It will add amenities such as a big outdoor plaza, suite upgrades and an indoor fan deck and keep the Pacers in town through the 2043-44 NBA season, with options to extend it another three years.

The terms include $295 million in public money announced at the meeting to upgrade Bankers Life Fieldhouse and roughly $362 million — described by the CIB later in the day as averaging $14.5 million a year over 25 years — to operate it over that time. The CIB would spend another $120 million on technology upgrades over 10 years, after which the board and the Pacers would renegotiate those terms to keep up with new tech.

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