INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Fever announced Thursday the temporary location for its home venue starting next season.
From 2020 until 2022 the Fever will host their home games in Butler University's historic Hinkle Fieldhouse due to construction on Bankers Life Fieldhouse. According to the press release, the construction will keep the Fever away from Bankers Life for "part of the 2022 season."
The renovations to Bankers Life Fieldhouse will only be taking place during the summer months for the next three years — not inhibiting the Pacers home schedule.
The Fever will return to the Indianapolis arena upon completion of the renovations. Season ticket holder and sponsors will soon receive renewal options and seat location information.
"As we temporarily move from one fieldhouse to another, we could not be happier to have this great relationship with Butler University," Dr. Allison Barber, Fever President, said. "We will do everything in our power to make sure this change of venues runs as smoothly as possible for our fans, our players, our staff and all friends and supporters of the Fever. The game of basketball is so important to Hoosiers and we are excited to bring the WNBA back to Hinkle Fieldhouse after playing a preseason game there in 2004."
According to Butler's Vice President, Barry Collier, Hinkle Fieldhouse has undergone nearly $50 million worth of investments over the past few years.
"This investment has provided Butler with the opportunity to host a great franchise in the Indiana Fever over the next few seasons," Collier said. "PS&E is a partner that Butler has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with, and I am confident that our university and Hinkle Fieldhouse will continue to deliver a tremendous experience for the basketball fans of our community."
The most significant upgrades Hinkle has seen is a new video board, LED lighting, air conditioning, wider concourses, added restrooms, improved and expanded concessions, new chairback seating and an elevator for public use and ADA accessibility.
Hinkle Fieldhouse was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.