- Pepsi Coliseum
stadium_name = Pepsi Coliseum
nickname = "The Barn"
location = 1202 E. 38th St.
opened = 1939
owner = State of Indiana
former_names = Indiana State Fair Coliseum
Indianapolis Capitals(AHL) (1939-1952) Indiana Pacers(ABA) (1967-1974)
Indianapolis Checkers(IHL) (1979-1987) Indianapolis Ice(IHL) (1988-2003) Indianapolis Ice(CHL) (2003-2004) Indiana Ice(USHL) (2004-Present)
seating_capacity = 8,200
The Pepsi Coliseum is an 8,200-seat multi-purpose
arenain Indianapolis, Indiana. It was formerly known as the Indiana State Fair Coliseum. The current arena was built in 1939, replacing a previous coliseum that was built in 1907. The coliseum is located at the Indiana State Fairfairgrounds, and is used for the state fairas well as year round for various sporting events, and other events.
October 31, 1963, during a Holiday on Iceshow, a propaneleak at a concession stand caused an explosion which killed 74 people. [cite news | first=Thomas| last=Drabek| coauthors= | title=Diaster in Aisle 13 Revisted| date=1995-05-18| publisher= | url =http://www.library.ca.gov/CRB/96/05/over_4.html| work = | pages = | accessdate = 2008-10-07 | language = ] A memorial plaque was dedicated 40 years later in the building.
The arena was once home to the
Indiana Pacersof the ABA (American Basketball Association), from 1967 to 1974. They moved into Market Square Arenain 1974, and in 1976, the Indiana Pacers became a franchise within the NBA(National Basketball Association).
The Indianapolis Checkers (IHL) played at the Pepsi Coliseum winning back to back Adams Cup Championships in 1982 and 1983.
As of 2005, it is home to the Indiana Ice Ice hockey team.
During the winter months, public ice skating is offered at the Pepsi Coliseum for a small fee. The Pepsi Coliseum also hosts Budweiser Fight Night Boxing, Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show, The Hoosier Horse Fair, high school and college commencement ceremonies, and many concerts featuring national acts.
The Pacers scheduled their first pre-season game of the 2008-2009 season at the Pepsi Coliseum for
October 8, 2008when they hosted the New Orleans Hornets. [cite news | first=Conrad| last=Brunner| coauthors= | title=A night to remember, a game to forget| date=2008-10-08| publisher= National Basketball Association| url =http://my.nba.com/thread.jspa?threadID=5700022315| work = | pages = | accessdate = 2008-10-10 | language = ] 7,439 people watched the Pacers lose to the Hornets 105 to 71. The Pacers wore their 1967 to 1971 uniforms. Former ABA-Pacers George McGinnis, Darnell Hillman, Bob Netolicky, Don Buse, Jerry Harkness, Steve Green, Tom Thacker, Bill Newton, and Wayne Pack, attended the game and were recognized during a half-time ceremony. [cite news | first=| last=| coauthors= | title=Pacers to play New Orleans in Pepsi Coliseum| date=2008-08-20| publisher= Indianapolis Star| url =http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080820/SPORTS04/80820089/1088| work = | pages = | accessdate = 2008-10-07 | language = ]
CONCERTS/SHOWS HELD IN THE COLISEUM
Tennessee Ernie Ford August 1964Perry Como August 1966The Cowsills August 24, 1968Rowan And Martin Show August 24, 1968Arthur Godfrey (With The Horse Show) August 1968Lawrence Welk August 1968Nancy Sinatra And Lee Hazelwood September 1, 1968The King Family August 1969The Association With The Ventures August 29, 1969Anita Bryant (With The Horse Show) August 1969Glen Campbell With Jerry Reed And Jerry Lee Lewis August 1969Johnny Cash With June Carter And The Carter Family August 1970The Guess Who August 1970Buck Owens And The Stars Of Hee Haw (The Hager Twins) September 5, 1970Paul Revere And The Raiders With Art Linkletter August 26, 1970Neil Diamond May 9, 1971Red Skelton August 21, 1971Roy Rogers And Dale Evans With The Rodeo August 1978Sons Of The Pioneers With The Rodeo August 1978
* [http://www.in.gov/statefair/fairgrounds/skating/ Official Site]
* [http://www.nba.com/pacers/photogallery/coliseum_gallery1_1.html Photo gallery of Pacers highlights at Coliseum]
title = Home of the
years = 1967 – 1974
before = first arena
Market Square Arena
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